Host Ted Allen Takes the Judges on a Wild Ride — Chopped After Hours
After Hours: Carnival 09:40
Some people go to the carnival for the rides, others go for the wide selection of foods. And if you're at the right kind of carnival, the food is an adventure in and of itself. On tonight's episode of Chopped, the competitors were struck with utilizing baskets filled with carnival-themed foods, many of them fried. After the episode, judges Maneet Chauhan and Scott Conant, and host Ted Allen, headed to the kitchen to try out the entree basket of hot beef sundae, fried spiced ham, fried cheese ravioli and fresh asparagus.
"I'd much rather be on a Ferris wheel," says Maneet as host Geoffrey Zakarian reveals the products. "I'm throwing this entire basket into the food processor and I'm making, like, a milkshake," Ted tells his colleagues. Scott, not sure of what he's going to make, likes the idea. But really the task at hand is figuring out how much or how little to use of the precooked ingredients.
"Would you like some help?" Geoffrey asks Ted, who quickly puts the stand-in host to work chopping an onion, then proceeds to drown out his questions with a blender. "Did you say something?" Ted asks Geoffrey, explaining as he runs off toward the pantry that he's making chili. Maneet, making sure that every ingredient is accounted for, starts baking puff pastry rounds for her pot-pie vision. "Back off," she tells Geoffrey when he offers his help. As soon as Scott starts to explain his gnocchi dish to Geoffrey, Ted turns on his blender. "Ted, we're trying to do some work over here, please," Geoffrey tells him. But Ted's playing around soon comes back to bite him when his blender nearly explodes with hot liquid. It's a mad dash for Ted to finish, but his colleagues lend their help and emotional support — except for Scott. He later tells Ted, "I just stood by you, pointed and laughed the entire time."
Click the play button on the video above to watch the entire After Hours episode and see the dishes Maneet, Ted and Scott created. Then browse behind-the-scenes images for an insider's look at the cooking.
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