Being a Judge Doesn't Keep You Safe from the Chopping Block — Chopped After Hours
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Things are always a little scary in the Chopped kitchen, but judges Chris Santos, Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian had the challenge of making it even more terrifying this week. After a special Halloween episode, they took on the spooky dessert basket filled with Day of the Dead cookies, a boo-nilla shake, chocolate-covered bugs and a watermelon brain for an all-new Chopped After Hours.
Alex quickly noticed that the basket ingredients would need some work, pointing out that the icing on the cookies was just powdered sugar, food coloring and water. "Deceptively brilliant in color and extremely light on flavor," she said. All three judges opted for the watermelon as their main flavor-enhancer, using it in three frozen variations. Geoffrey also added slices right to his plate as Ted worried it's too simple. "It's going to stay that way," Geoffrey said. "What I'm doing is so out there, it's beyond me, even."
With a few minutes to go, Chris enlisted the help of the other guys in the kitchen. Ted helped by grabbing some bourbon. "I'm not going to cook with it; I just want some bourbon," Chris joked. The drink did make it into part of his dessert — a milkshake that Geoffrey helped create. "It's not really getting as thick as I'd like," Chris said. "Probably because I put Geoffrey in charge of it."
Click the play button on the video above to watch the entire After Hours episode and see the dishes Chris, Alex and Geoffrey created. Then browse behind-the-scenes images for an insider's look at the cooking.
Start a conversation with fellow fans and tell FN Dish in the comments below how you would have approached this basket: What would you make out of Day of the Dead cookies, a boo-nilla shake, chocolate covered bugs and a watermelon brain?
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