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Season 42, Episode 2

Thanksgiving Pie, Oh My!

The chefs learn that instead of the usual appetizer, entree and dessert baskets, their Thanksgiving-themed rounds will be sides, turkey and pie -- all Turkey Day essentials! In round one, the competitors hustle to make magnificent side dishes using a strange ice cream and soup made from judge Martha Stewart's recipe. The remaining three chefs must attempt to put a creative spin on their turkey plates. Finally, the promise of pies and tawny port makes for a festive pie round.

Tuesday
Nov 22
7pm | 6c
Season 53, Episode 3

Buzzworthy Bizarre Baskets

The baskets are loaded up with ingredients that have the chefs shaking their heads in disbelief. The first basket features a cut of pork definitely not available at the local supermarket, plus a doughnut that, not surprisingly, isn't glazed. A bizarre incident at the end of the appetizer round leaves one of the competitors rushing to finish. The chefs must contend with a wild stew and a savory cake in the entree round, and in the dessert round, a new take on a protein shake and a special candy are part of the final bizarre basket puzzle.

Tuesday
Nov 22
8pm | 7c
Season 25, Episode 6

Thanksgiving Soup-er Stars

All four chefs in this special Thanksgiving competition dedicate their time and talents to soup kitchens. In the first round, the chefs each come up with distinctive appetizer concepts in response to the typical Thanksgiving leftovers found in the baskets. Then in the entree round, the remaining chefs are surprised to see a theme emerging with the baskets. And an ice cream cake and a starchy candy are two of the perplexing items to be dealt with in the final round.

Tuesday
Nov 22
11pm | 10c
Season 25, Episode 6

Thanksgiving Soup-er Stars

All four chefs in this special Thanksgiving competition dedicate their time and talents to soup kitchens. In the first round, the chefs each come up with distinctive appetizer concepts in response to the typical Thanksgiving leftovers found in the baskets. Then in the entree round, the remaining chefs are surprised to see a theme emerging with the baskets. And an ice cream cake and a starchy candy are two of the perplexing items to be dealt with in the final round.

Wednesday
Nov 23
2am | 1c
Season 53, Episode 3

Buzzworthy Bizarre Baskets

The baskets are loaded up with ingredients that have the chefs shaking their heads in disbelief. The first basket features a cut of pork definitely not available at the local supermarket, plus a doughnut that, not surprisingly, isn't glazed. A bizarre incident at the end of the appetizer round leaves one of the competitors rushing to finish. The chefs must contend with a wild stew and a savory cake in the entree round, and in the dessert round, a new take on a protein shake and a special candy are part of the final bizarre basket puzzle.

Wednesday
Nov 23
3am | 2c
Season 43, Episode 5

Beef Cake Mistakes

Four talented chefs are ready to compete in the Chopped Kitchen, but there's something peculiar about the huge, elaborate cake in the appetizer basket: It's made of beef! In the second round, a strange twist on a classic Italian dish tests the competitors' creativity, and the two remaining chefs are challenged to make desserts using a mayo that may be tricky to incorporate.

Tuesday
Nov 29
1pm | 12c
Season 41, Episode 5

Plum Fantastic

As the competition kicks off, the chefs are challenged with making appetizers using a delicate herb and a playful take on potatoes. When the chefs get a strange Italian street food in the entree basket, they must do as the Neapolitans do. And the judges hope the Dutch baby pancake and sour plums in the dessert basket will spark some delicious creativity.

Tuesday
Nov 29
3pm | 2c
Season 45, Episode 11

Jarring Jars

The four competing chefs are surprised to open their baskets in the appetizer round to find a large, imposing cut of beef. Unusual cupcakes and a curious jarred "candy" are two of the mystery ingredients in round two. When the final two chefs feast their eyes on a jar of pigs' lips in the dessert basket, they struggle to face the challenge gracefully and successfully.

Tuesday
Nov 29
4pm | 3c
Season 50, Episode 17

Cooking for Love

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Eight single-and-ready-to-mingle chefs are set up with blind dates as their teammates for a quadruple date and culinary showdown all in one! An aquatic aphrodisiac is a fun find in the appetizer basket, and steak in the entree basket takes the date up a notch. Finally, the last two pairs work passionately to create passionfruit and matcha desserts that earn them the $10,000 prize.

Tuesday
Nov 29
5pm | 4c
Season 51, Episode 9

Meal of Fortune

Golden baskets are packed with the fanciest of ingredients, and the chefs are challenged to rise to the occasion and create upscale meals, worthy of their top-notch components. Caviar potato chips are a posh crunchy surprise in the first basket. High-class sushi and a swanky veggie are two of the grand ingredients the competitors must include in their entrees. Then, as the last two chefs race to make elegant desserts, the clock gives them a run for their money.

Tuesday
Nov 29
6pm | 5c
Season 52, Episode 1

Pie in the Sky

Four competitors set out to make perfect pies in this special competition. In the appetizer round, one chef scrambles to stay on track when a competitor declines to share a coveted pantry ingredient, and an abundance of protein in the entree basket means meat-lovers pies are in order. Finally, when the last two chefs get the chance to create pies for dessert in the third round, will they find sweet success?

Tuesday
Nov 29
7pm | 6c
Season 53, Episode 10

Gargantuan Surprises

In addition to the three mandatory ingredients in each basket, the competing chefs have to share a colossal fourth ingredient in every round. It's a shockingly big surprise that takes some getting used to, and in the first round, one competitor feels the pressure and their emotions get the better of them. In the entree round, the giant fourth ingredient is an Italian-American classic. In the dessert round, everyone is in awe of the huge sweet, shared surprise, but will the chefs' final dishes leave a big impression on the judges?

Tuesday
Nov 29
8pm | 7c
Season 53, Episode 10

Gargantuan Surprises

In addition to the three mandatory ingredients in each basket, the competing chefs have to share a colossal fourth ingredient in every round. It's a shockingly big surprise that takes some getting used to, and in the first round, one competitor feels the pressure and their emotions get the better of them. In the entree round, the giant fourth ingredient is an Italian-American classic. In the dessert round, everyone is in awe of the huge sweet, shared surprise, but will the chefs' final dishes leave a big impression on the judges?

Wednesday
Nov 30
3am | 2c
Season 53, Episode 10

Gargantuan Surprises

In addition to the three mandatory ingredients in each basket, the competing chefs have to share a colossal fourth ingredient in every round. It's a shockingly big surprise that takes some getting used to, and in the first round, one competitor feels the pressure and their emotions get the better of them. In the entree round, the giant fourth ingredient is an Italian-American classic. In the dessert round, everyone is in awe of the huge sweet, shared surprise, but will the chefs' final dishes leave a big impression on the judges?

Tuesday
Dec 6
1pm | 12c
Season 45, Episode 13

Quail Without Fail

The four competing chefs have a lot to sort out in the appetizer round when they're challenged to create plates with a Korean dish made with intestines and a super spicy condiment. The three remaining competitors attempt to make successful quail entrees, and a shaker of Australian seasoning and a jar of Mexican caramel are two of the surprises in the dessert basket.

Tuesday
Dec 6
2pm | 1c
Season 45, Episode 1

Chock-Full of Chocolate

Four pastry chefs step into the Chopped kitchen to show off their chocolate skills. A chocolate-covered seafood snack is a sneaky surprise in the appetizer basket, and a tart fruit and a Japanese food staple find their way into the entree basket. The remaining chefs find jerky in the dessert basket, and it just might work in their favor.

Tuesday
Dec 6
3pm | 2c
Season 50, Episode 4

Chef's Best Friend

It's a doggone Chopped event! In addition to competing with appetizers, entrees and desserts, dog-loving chefs make treats for a canine judge! Things could get "ruff" if the golden retriever with the golden palate turns up its nose at their hard work. The chefs are literally thrown a bone in the first basket, and a dog-friendly beverage and a pasta dish must be combined in the second round. The dessert round finds the competitors figuring out what to do with bananas and a certain nose-to-tail treasure before this Chopped dog show reaches its exciting conclusion.

Tuesday
Dec 6
4pm | 3c
Season 44, Episode 4

Battle of the Meats

Where's the beef? In the baskets! A beef theme is a meat lover's dream in this competition. The four chefs must cut jumbo-sized ribs down to appetizer-appropriate portions in the first round. A premium steak and a second-rate grocery store meal meet in a puzzling entree basket, and creativity and a shining example of good sportsmanship are on display in the dessert round.

Tuesday
Dec 6
5pm | 4c
Season 8, Episode 7

Can't Catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Lobster!

It's holiday time on Chopped! The competitors are challenged to stay in the spirit of the season throughout the meal. In the appetizer round the chefs, not-so-gingerly, take down some gingerbread houses. And adrenaline runs so high that one chef does not realize that something has gone very wrong with his dish until it is too late. Then, in the entree round, a prized piece of meat and a beautiful vegetable have the makings of a great main dish, but a sweet surprise in the basket may present "ye old yuletide" pitfall for the chefs. And when the finalists find an often-disparaged holiday classic in the dessert basket, who will be able to elevate the ingredient and be on their merry way with $10,000?

Tuesday
Dec 6
6pm | 5c
Season 24, Episode 11

Holiday Cooking

Faster than a speeding reindeer, Cooking Channel stars Gabriele Corcos, Kelsey Nixon, Roger Mooking and Jim Stacy are set to take on a holiday challenge in the Chopped Kitchen, with $10,000 on the line for their favorite charity. The beautiful appetizer basket features a whole roasted goose. Then after a meat-and-potatoes entree round, the two finalists open the dessert basket to find some fruit and some pie dough. Will they take the hint or take a more creative approach?

Tuesday
Dec 6
7pm | 6c
Season 53, Episode 13

Grandmas' Grand Holiday

It's the most wonderful time of the year with the most wonderful cooks in the kitchen! Four talented grandmothers are put in charge of making a remarkable holiday feast with love in every bite. The grandmas open the first basket to find a wreath made of something sweet, and everyone is excited to get cooking, but nerves lead to some mistakes and scrambling. A classic holiday beverage is a festive surprise in the entree basket, and the judges are in for a treat when two determined grandmas are left duking it out in the dessert round.

Tuesday
Dec 6
8pm | 7c
Season 53, Episode 13

Grandmas' Grand Holiday

It's the most wonderful time of the year with the most wonderful cooks in the kitchen! Four talented grandmothers are put in charge of making a remarkable holiday feast with love in every bite. The grandmas open the first basket to find a wreath made of something sweet, and everyone is excited to get cooking, but nerves lead to some mistakes and scrambling. A classic holiday beverage is a festive surprise in the entree basket, and the judges are in for a treat when two determined grandmas are left duking it out in the dessert round.

Wednesday
Dec 7
3am | 2c
Season 41, Episode 2

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

Four talented pastry chefs get to make a chocolate feast for the Chopped judges. In the first round of this all-desserts battle, the competitors must make dark chocolate creations that include a prized fruit and a salty snack. The second round is a celebration of judge Martha Stewart's favorite variety of chocolate, milk chocolate. And 30 minutes might not be enough time for the last two competitors to get everything they intend to their final plates.

Tuesday
Dec 13
1pm | 12c
Season 39, Episode 3

Wellington Woes

The competitors bring their best to the Chopped kitchen to impress judge Martha Stewart. In the appetizer round, they face a modern take on beef Wellington and an iconic canned meat, and one chef's ambitious plans force him to rush to beat the clock. In the entree round, Martha is excited to see what the chefs create with one of her favorite ingredients. The final two competitors have the same idea about what to make for dessert, but whose dish will be better?

Tuesday
Dec 13
2pm | 1c
Season 46, Episode 3

Booza Blues

Creativity is crucial for the competing chefs trying to impress the judges, starting with deviled ham spread in the first basket. Sweet booza ice cream in the second basket is an unwelcome surprise for savory entree plates, and the competitors who make it to the dessert round get a colorful basket that includes a bright green fruit and a deep red spice.

Tuesday
Dec 13
3pm | 2c
Season 46, Episode 10

Finer Diner Dining

Four chefs enter the Chopped kitchen for a diner-themed battle with three courses of elevated comfort food, all under the watchful eyes of guest judge Neil Patrick Harris. The chefs find pie in the first basket and must rise to the challenge of making an appetizer with it. A play on pancakes is a clever addition to the second basket, and a breakfast-inspired final basket leads the chefs in two distinct directions.

Tuesday
Dec 13
4pm | 3c

About the Host

Ted Allen

Ted, the host of Chopped, was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning series Queer Eye, which had a 100-episode run.