Chopped Tournament of Stars: Round 3 Highlights

Browse behind-the-scenes moments from the Comedians episode of the Chopped Tournament of Stars.

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Comedians

In the third round of the Chopped Tournament of Stars, four famous comedians step into the competition to show off what they've got: cooking chops with a side of improv. Tommy Davidson, Sinbad, Gillian Vigman and Robert Wuhl are competing for a spot in the finale, where the winner will walk away with the title and $50,000 for charity.

Appetizer Round

The ingredients consist of pickled pig’s lips, spinach, polenta and gummy fried eggs.

Taking the Word of a Cooking Legend

Robert's game plan is to make poached eggs with bacon for his dish, while using lots of butter. He says that everything tastes better with butter — “Julia Child said so." He thinks the judges will agree. The pan of pig’s lips goes up in flames, and he jokes "have my driver ready," but he's able to put the fire out in time. After his presentation, Robert slips Geoffrey a $20 bill in hopes it will improve his chances.

Improvisational Cooking

Gillian's making spinach salad with pig's lip vinaigrette and seared polenta. At first she wanted to hurl the jar of pig's lips, but upon tasting it, says, "weirdly enough, I like it." Chris gets grossed out when she swigs the brine, but Gillian's going whole hog. She explains that improv is "about making the other person look good. And with ingredients it's the same thing." Chris calls her vinaigrette better than most chefs'.

Cooking with Preconceived Confidence

Before getting into standup, Tommy used to work as a cook, so he feels comfortable in the Chopped kitchen. "If I didn't start standup, I'd definitely still be in the kitchen," he admits. "Cooking is an art form just like comedy." His dish features the pickled pig’s lips as is, and he decides the gummy eggs "are what they are," so he uses them as a garnish. Chris is not happy that he did so little with all of the ingredients.

Whose Dish Is the Fairest of Them All?

All four comedians take a moment to look over each other's dishes, but they've got worse things to say about their own creations. Sinbad is convinced it's over for him: "Whatever this ugly mess is," he says, "I'm done, and I'm going home." Robert's concerned for the judges' health: "All three judges are texting their next of kin right now," he says.

The Joke's on Whom?

The judges agree that none of the four comedians did much to transform the gummy eggs, except for possibly Sinbad. However, his presentation was lacking, not to mention Chris found some hair in the pig’s lips. Sinbad apologizes: "You probably got the lower lip; the upper lip always has more flavor. I didn't have time to shave it." Tommy's dish is the least transformed and he ends up on the Chopping Block.

Entree Round

The ingredients consist of beer can chicken, jalapeno poppers, collard greens and truffle honey.

Words to Live By

Sinbad plans to bake apples with a truffle-honey syrup alongside the chicken. He sautees the collard greens with potatoes for added starchiness. This round he's showing a renewed effort, saying, "If you want to be great at something, forget what you are today and think about what you want to become." Maneet was very impressed by his cooking. Chris, though, found the dish to be a little oily and the poppers soggy.

Putting Aside the Comedy, Sort Of

All joking aside, Gillian admits, "I want to show I'm taking it seriously and I mean business." She's making chicken glazed with beer and honey plus sauteed collard greens and jalapeno poppers. She slices up some purple potatoes to deep-fry for some added color and crunch. Chris dings her for shredding the chicken, which she agrees "is a plate a senior citizen could eat if they had no teeth."

Delivering Part Comedy, Part Cooking

Robert makes a collard green goddess dressing and a butter blue cheese sauce to go over his dish. He says the similarity between comedy and cooking is the "instantaneous response," but the judges think he did very little to transform the ingredients, like the poppers. His excuse is that he doesn't like peppers: "I think there should be a constitutional amendment against them." In the end, Robert is chopped.

Dessert Round

The ingredients consist of cinnamon chips, cheese curls, vanilla cupcakes and apple cider.

An Inspired Creation

Gillian is digging deep into her improv skills when dealing with the dessert basket, saying, "You have to go with what's in front of you," a lesson she learned from Tina Fey. She decides to make an apple-cinnamon trifle, dedicated to her mom, plus a cheese curl and coconut dust, which she makes in the blender. Maneet finds the dessert too sugary.

Back in the Game

Sinbad makes his mom's ice cream recipe with a chocolate and cheese curl layer. He decides to pour the apple cider into the eggshells for a unique presentation. Chris can tell Sinbad's in it to win it by the "huge comeback" he's making, and tells him "you're back in the game, baby." They're all very impressed, with Geoffrey noting the only negative — that the ice cream could have been sweeter.

Round 3 Champion

In the end, the judges decide that Sinbad was simply outcooked by a better cook, which means Gillian is the winner. "I'm going to be the spokesperson for lips, for pickled pig’s lips," she jokes. But in all seriousness, she says "nothing can make me feel better" than competing in the finale for a chance to win $50,000 for the GO Campaign.

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