Chopped Teen Tournament: Part 3 Highlights

Browse behind-the-scenes moments from Part 3 of the Chopped Teen Tournament and find out who will advance to the finale.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Round 3 Starts Now

In this third preliminary round of the Teen Tournament, Hannah, Brandon, Tommi Rae and Max are battling for a place in the finale, where they'll have a chance to win $25,000 in prize money, a coveted culinary school scholarship worth $40,000 and the title of champion.

Appetizer Basket

The dishes must include rabbit and ginger sausage, dandelion greens, dried currants and hot-sauce-flavored candy canes.

Going Flat Out

"I am super excited to prove that teens can do anything adults can do, especially in the Chopped kitchen," says Hannah. Off the bat she knows which direction she's going in, deciding to make flatbreads. But she has trouble rolling out the dough, so she settles on making them freeform.

Far Eastern Methodology

"I want to bring China to Chopped," says Max of his decision to turn the sausage into wontons. He smartly blanches the dandelion greens to extract the bitterness before tossing them with vinaigrette and orange peel he candied himself — something Alex Stupak finds very impressive. "I don't think I know that now," retorts Alex Guarnaschelli.

Plating on the Sidelines

Brandon lost precious time after cutting himself, but bounced right back: "I want to finish this game and show them that I'm a really good teen chef," he says. He plates his tortilla chip and salad off-center and sprinkles pulverized candy cane on the side, which Alex S. calls "an interesting use of negative space."

Poised for Perfection

Tommi Rae dishes her sausage and greens onto cold tortillas, but upon attempting to roll one up, finds that it crumbles. She quickly switches gears and fries them up as tostadas. "My strategy to win is to make sure I put myself in the food," she says. So she's determined that her dish will be pleasing in every way for the judges.

Left with a Sour Taste

The judges find small faults with each of Tommi Rae's, Max's and Hannah's dishes. But Brandon's dish had the most issues regarding execution. Although he had a great sear on the sausage, according to Alex G., his use of balsamic vinegar was "surprisingly bracing." The judges decide to chop Brandon.

Entree Basket

The dishes must include pineapple upside-down cake, Cornish hens, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and edamame hummus.

No Chickening Out Now

The teens have to butcher the Cornish hens if they want to finish in time. Luckily, Max has experience deboning poultry from a recent competition: "I can handle these Cornish game hens," he says, deciding to wrap them in bacon. He makes a skordalia sauce with the hummus and cake, but worries it might be too sweet.

The Battle for the Fryer

Hannah decides to make fried chicken, so she gets her breading station ready. However, Tommi Rae has already cornered the fryer for her Southern fried chicken, so Hannah has to wait until it's free. "It's like we've got another Civil War going on," Hannah says. In the meantime she works on making a sauce out of the hummus.

Staying True to Her Roots

As soon as she sees the basket, Tommi Rae knows she wants to "bring it home to the South." She's making what she calls "a typical Sunday supper after church," with fried chicken, gravy and mashed potatoes. The mushrooms end up going into her gravy, and she blends purple potatoes with the hummus and cake.

Raw Emotions and Undercooked Hens

With so much invested in the competition, Tommi Rae takes the judges' comments hard, even though there were plenty of positives about her chicken. Alex S. thought Max's sauce had the "most successful transformation" but found it too sweet. In the end, Hannah's inconsistently cooked hens get her chopped.

Dessert Basket

The dishes must include chocolate fudge sauce, cinnamon cereal, pie crust and grape carbonated candy.

Sweet Taste of the South

Tommi Rae's got a plan, she says, "to take these judges to the South, to my county fair." She decides on a sampler plate that represents all the sweets a person would find there, turning the pie crust into both a funnel cake and a chocolate and cinnamon cereal roll-up, and she's making a carbonated candy brittle.

Taking It to the Max

"I am a little bit more nervous at this point, because I know Tommi Rae is so great," says Max at the start of the round. So he's pulling out all the stops with a carbonated candy ice cream, but he worries his plating will suffer when he notices the ice cream has started to melt on the freshly baked pie crust rounds.

Dessert Dilemmas

The judges all agree that each of the desserts had one decisive flaw, making their decision tough. Alex S. thought that Max's use of the carbonated candy didn't have "any effect on the ice cream." And although the judges loved the nostalgia of Tommi Rae's dish, her carbonated candy brittle was too thick to eat.

And the Round 3 Winner Is ...

Tommi Rae secures the third spot in the grand finale, where she'll compete with the winners of the three other rounds for the title of champion, $25,000 in prize money and a $40,000 culinary school scholarship. "I'm so pumped about being in the grand finale, because there's that huge prize of the scholarship and the cash," says Tommi Rae.

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