Chopped Teen Tournament, Season 2: Part 1 Highlights

Browse behind-the-scenes moments from Part 1 of Chopped Teen Tournament and find out who will advance to the finale.

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Photo By: David Lang ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: David Lang ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Teens Take on Chopped

Yazmene, Theo, Anna and Franco are competing in Part 1 of the five-part Teen Tournament to earn a spot in the finale. The ultimate winner will walk away with the $25,000 prize. In the appetizer round the teens must use swordfish, black garlic mayonnaise, lemon leaves and bear's head mushrooms.

Competing Plates

"I always season my mushrooms with balsamic vinegar," says Yazmene, deciding on a familiar route for her ingredients. And she decides to give the swordfish a Southwestern spin with smoked paprika. "I think there's a disconnect for me," judge Scott Conant says, finding it to be an odd pairing.

Something to Prove

"Age isn't really a restriction in the kitchen," Franco says of the point he wants to prove by competing. "I'm not about fancy tricks," he explains. "I can outperform anyone." But unfortunately he's unfamiliar with the lemon leaves. Not knowing they're inedible, he sautes them with the mushrooms.

Wet and Dry

"The mushrooms are like a sponge; they drank all that wine and they are wasted," Amanda Freitag tells Anna of her mistake in not cooking out the alcohol in her dish. "I love the transformation, but the cake is slightly dry," says Maneet Chauhan of Theo's fish cakes. In the end the judges chop Franco for undercooked fish.

Daring to Spice It Up

Faced with using hanger steak, lollipop kale, apple crisp and spray cheese in the entree round, Yazmene is caught off-guard: "I have never seen hanger steak in my life," she admits. Deciding to go in a sweet direction, she seasons the meat with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, calling it "daring."

Getting Cheesy

"I want to use the fresh cheese to counteract how artificial the spray cheese is," Anna says, deciding to add goat cheese and the spray cheese to her mashed potatoes. All the while she narrates her cooking steps in a singsongy way. "I'm not ashamed to say that I sing to my food," she says.

Going Hearty and Bold

"I strive for that quality and that essence," says Theo of digging into his Dominican roots in creating a hearty dish that speaks of his culture. He creates a steak sauce using red wine and the apple crisp, and, much like Yazmene, he uses spices like cinnamon and cloves in his steak marinade.

Steaking Claim for the Next Round

"The steak is really, really undercooked," Maneet tells Theo. "It's almost numbing," Amanda says of his use of cloves. The judges also find Anna's steak undercooked. Yazmene's steak, however "is cooked perfectly," says Maneet, but Scott calls Yazmene out on sprinkling raw spices onto the plate. Theo is chopped.

Sisters in Chopped

Yazmene and Anna move on to the dessert round, where they must use fruit chew candies, instant yogurt pudding, tortilla chips and blueberries. "These people are smart," says Scott, seeing the girls use their mystery baskets for shopping in the pantry. "It's the sisterhood of the traveling baskets," Ted Allen jokes.

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Overzealous with Eggs

"As I start to put the eggs in, I don't remember if it's just egg yolks or a full egg," Yazmene says of her sponge cake recipe, but she goes with it. "It's not the way it should be," she says upon taking the cake out of the oven. "The cake is the problem," Maneet says of Yazmene's dish, pointing out it has too many eggs.

Dessert Disaster Averted

"That's going to be dangerous," Amanda says to her fellow judges when she sees Anna with a hot blueberry mixture in the blender. Meanwhile a towel goes up in flames on Yazmene's station. Luckily crisis is averted when help steps in. Yazmene is glad she's not "responsible for setting the Chopped kitchen on fire."

In a Sticky Situation

"I have absolutely no idea what to do with this," Anna says of the instant yogurt pudding. When added to the melting candies, it seizes. And Anna's blueberry-filled puff pastries end up sticking when being deep-fried. "I really want to jump in there and help out," Scott says, seeing her struggle. The pastries end up getting Anna chopped.

The Part 1 Winner

Yazmene earns the first spot in the Teen Tournament finale for a chance to win $25,000. "I didn't know I was capable of half the things that I've done today," Yazmene reveals to the judges. "I am pretty proud of myself."

More Teen Tournament

Visit the Teen Tournament page to find out more on the competition, browse photo galleries and watch video highlights. Plus, hear from the teen winners.

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