More Chopped Junior

Help Is on the Way 12 Videos

When the kids need a hand, they always call one man.

Ted, the Sous Chef

10 Secrets of the Show 12 Videos

Find out what happens on set before the competition begins.

An Exclusive Look

Helping Hands 12 Videos

These kids help one another without a second thought.

Junior Sportsmanship

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes 12 Videos

Ted gives a personal tour of the Juniorized set and pantry.

Learn Fun Facts and More

Set Transformation 12 Videos

See how the Chopped set changes over to Junior.

Watch the Time Lapse

Family Mealtime

These kid-friendly recipes are sure to make your mealtime prep fun for the whole family.

Kitchen Basics Infographics

Get ready for the competition by learning the different knives and all the perfect cuts to make prep time a snap.

Go Inside Chopped

The Original Series

Watch the parent series to see what the baskets reveal.

Who Will Be Chopped?

Judges Cook After Hours

When the show's over, the judges try out the baskets.

Watch Them Fool Around

Basket Mysteries, Revealed

Have you asked yourself, "How do they come up with that?"

Here's the Answer
Season 4, Episode 2

Cup of Glee

Chefs Maneet Chauhan and Andrew Gruel and actress Meghan Markle preside over a competition that begins with a three and a half-pound peanut butter cup and a too-hot griddle that creates problems for one of the young chefs. An enviable cut of pork and a strong-flavored candy are two of the gifts in the entree basket, then the finalists take on a gooey skillet of pink sweetness along with a healthy, crunchy snack in the dessert round.

Tuesday
Jun 26
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 3

Grillin' and Chillin'

In this grilling competition judged by singer Jessie James Decker, food writer Jed Portman and chef Geoffrey Zakarian, a new batch of precocious junior chefs must use a classic cornmeal dish in the appetizer round. The grill pans continue to get a workout in round two, where the kids must combine a marshmallow treat with white barbecue sauce. Then, the dessert round delights the finalists when they find a magnificent cake in the basket!

Tuesday
Jul 3
2pm | 1c
Season 5, Episode 6

Why So Blue?

A fun twist on a classic comfort food is paired with pricey truffles in the appetizer round. In round two, the junior chefs must roll up their sleeves to deal with a large blue squash. Then, the two finalists find creative ways to make desserts with of out-of-this-world lollipops and green fruit. Food journalist Michelle Park, chef Chris Santos and singer Ruben Studdard take over the judging panel.

Wednesday
Jul 4
4am | 3c
Season 5, Episode 12

Dinner Is Served

The junior chefs get to cook three meals -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- for the judges, actor J.B. Smoove and chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian. In round one, the basket contains Middle Eastern pancakes and special cotton candy. For lunch, they have to try their hand with frozen fast food and raw burgers. Then, the finalists must make dinner with a tender cut of lamb and an Arabic dessert.

Tuesday
Jul 10
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 11

Basket Brawl

A new round of talented young cooks storms the kitchen to win over the judges, chefs Roble Ali and Marcus Samuelsson and blogger Rachel Hollis. First, they find some unusual gifts from the sea in the appetizer basket, and in the entree round, something sweet and something bitter in the basket make for a flavor-balancing act. Then, chocolate ravioli desserts prove to be a challenge in a hectic final round.

Wednesday
Jul 11
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 2

Ears for Fears

In round one, the junior chefs encounter pigs' ears and potatoes as they strive to impress chefs Katie Lee and Chris Santos and actor Alan Thicke. Then, a container of soup and a can of truffles make for strange basket fellows in the entree round. Finally, the pair of kids left in the dessert round get to monkey around with monkey bread and queso fresco.

Tuesday
Jul 17
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 6

Kids With Chops

The junior chefs come out strong in the appetizer round, when they are tasked with pairing a baby vegetable with pickled fruit. In round two, the junior chefs must figure out how to work mushroom-flavored snacks into their entree courses. Then, the two finalists find creative ways to make desserts with a never-melting ice cream snack and marshmallows. Chef and restaurateur Shannon Allen joins Chris Santos and Marcus Samuelsson on the judging panel.

Wednesday
Jul 18
4am | 3c
Season 6, Episode 13

Stick with It!

The kid cooks learn that they'll be making the most fun cuisine, foods on sticks, for judges Sunny Anderson, Marcus Samuelsson and Dale Talde. Their skewered appetizers must include a fair classic and some stuffed pasta. Cake pops are a whimsical treat for the entree round. Finally, there's a super sweet collection of ingredients in the dessert basket.

Tuesday
Jul 24
2pm | 1c
Season 4, Episode 10

Fries Wise

Ground beef and curly fries are familiar enough appetizer ingredients, but can the kid cooks stay focused enough to make creative choices and technically-excellent dishes? The junior chefs see seafood inside the second basket, then a cookie cup stuffed with something surprising must be incorporated in desserts. The judging panel features YouTube personality Justine "iJustine" Ezarik, food writer Alison Roman and chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Wednesday
Jul 25
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 8

Donut Sweat It

Savory meets sweet, and all is awesome! The junior chefs find something called an "everything donut" in the appetizer basket, which they must make work with a pickled pork product. Cooking venison is a new experience for some of the junior chefs in the entree round, then a competitor makes a bold move in the final seconds of the dessert round. It's up to the judges -- chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and David Guas and NFL player DeMarcus Ware -- to decide if it was a smart choice.

Tuesday
Jul 31
2pm | 1c
Season , Episode 9

A Hot Minute

The young competitors get a generous 30 minutes to cook minute steak in the appetizer round. Breaking down a bird is part of the challenge in round two, along with figuring out what to do with some cool ketchup. Then, the dessert basket contains some delicious stuffed fruit and a fun snack cake. The judging panel features chefs Amanda Freitag and Kristen Kish and former MLB player Jason Varitek.

Wednesday
Aug 1
4am | 3c
Season 5, Episode 4

Chocoholics

A lucky batch of junior chefs gets to cook with chocolate in all three rounds to win over the judges: chef Scott Conant, model Ashley Graham and Food Network Star contestant Jernard Wells. It starts with a fancy boxed assortment in the appetizer round, then the kids must figure out how to pair chocolate with a stinky cheese for their entrees. And in the dessert round, the finalists are startled by what they think are chocolate-covered bugs.

Tuesday
Aug 7
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 10

Snack Attack

Some creatively-presented cheese and a spreadable protein are part of the round one challenge. A strange pink pickle and a crispy, house-made snack food keep the kids on their toes in the entree round, and in the dessert round, a marshmallow mishap has the judges -- chef Maneet Chauhan, TV host Daphne Oz and actor Tyrel Jackson Williams -- wishing they could jump in and help.

Wednesday
Aug 8
4am | 3c
Season , Episode 7

Think Fig

The young cooks get some expensive seafood in the first basket and struggle to make the most of valuable time in order to impress the judges, actress Ta'Rhonda Jones, restaurateur Sabin Lomac and chef Aaron Sanchez. Then, bacon is discovered in an odd place in the entree basket. Finally, some figs and fancy peaches must make it to the dessert plates.

Tuesday
Aug 14
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 4

Fast Food Face-Off

With a healthy fast food theme in effect, a new group of kid cooks must make appetizers using a popular condiment and seafood. An ancient grain bread is paired with poultry in the entree basket, and the dessert basket contains a frozen fruity Italian treat. Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard and Marcus Samuelsson serve as judges.

Wednesday
Aug 15
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 3

Hot Potato, Not Potato

Four ambitious kids bring their cooking skills to the Chopped Kitchen as they try to impress chefs Lazarus Lynch and Marc Murphy and actor James Maslow. Ground beef and chocolate present a conundrum for the competitors in the first round. In the entree basket, an ingredient that looks like a giant baked potato is something else entirely, and a red, white and blue snack in the dessert basket is a patriotic potpourri for the finalists.

Monday
Aug 20
2pm | 1c
Season 5, Episode 7

Pizza Party

Chef Amanda Freitag, YouTube star Harley Morenstein and actress Anika Noni Rose preside over an all-pizza competition! Three courses of pizza begin with appetizers comprised of exotic looking mushrooms and a creamy Italian sauce. The fun continues as the junior chefs battle against some challenging dough and more sauce in the entree round. Then, the finalists tackle pizza dessert using cheese with a funny name and a wild assortment of fruit!

Monday
Aug 20
3pm | 2c
Season 4, Episode 11

Lemon Meringue Why?

The judges, radio host Angie Martinez, actress Chelsea Peretti and chef Geoffrey Zakarian, watch to see what wild appetizer dishes the competitors will make with wildfire lettuce and fluke. Then, the remaining kids wonder why a beautiful lemon meringue pie must be found in the entree round but manage to find unique ways to use it. Finally, baking and ice cream are part of the plan for both competitors in the dessert round.

Tuesday
Aug 21
2pm | 1c
Season 7, Episode 1

Weird, Feared

When the junior chefs encounter alarmingly outlandish surprises in every basket, will working with weird ingredients stop them from cooking at their best? A swamp special must be combined with a spicy frozen dessert in the appetizer round. Peppers and puffer fish tails are in the entree basket. Finally, the kid chefs get a Scandinavian pancake for a dessert-round shocker. Food Network Star finalist Martita Jara guest judges with chefs Marcus Samuelsson and George Mendes.

Wednesday
Aug 22
4am | 3c
Season 7, Episode 1

Weird, Feared

When the junior chefs encounter alarmingly outlandish surprises in every basket, will working with weird ingredients stop them from cooking at their best? A swamp special must be combined with a spicy frozen dessert in the appetizer round. Peppers and puffer fish tails are in the entree basket. Finally, the kid chefs get a Scandinavian pancake for a dessert-round shocker. Food Network Star finalist Martita Jara guest judges with chefs Marcus Samuelsson and George Mendes.

Monday
Aug 27
2pm | 1c
Season 7, Episode 2

Champions: Part 1

Sixteen astonishingly skilled young winners return to compete for a grand prize of $25,000. In the first battle of this five-part tournament, the champs get a French delicacy and a crunchy snack for the appetizer round. One competitor has never cooked pork tenderloin before, but finds it in the second basket. Finally, the champs' pantry picks in the dessert impact the judges' critiques.

Monday
Aug 27
3pm | 2c
Season 7, Episode 3

Champions: Part 2

A new group of four champs compete to see who will advance to the $25,000 grand finale! An infamous Chopped ingredient appears in the appetizer basket, then steak could be a gift or a challenge for the kid cooks who make it to the entree round. Then, the two young cooks who get to make dessert must use a tangy fruit and a deep-fried treat.

Monday
Aug 27
4pm | 3c
Season 7, Episode 4

Champions: Part 3

In this third preliminary battle, the youngest group of champions yet gets a delicate seafood and a tasty pork product in the appetizer round. Chocolates in disguise cause the junior chefs to do a double take when they open the entree basket. Then, coffee with dessert makes sense, but where will the competitors use chili flakes in their final, sweet dishes?

Monday
Aug 27
5pm | 4c
Season 7, Episode 5

Champions: Part 4

Four outstanding young cooks compete to see who will earn the last spot in the grand finale. Some slender peppers and some scrumptious rolls are part of the puzzle in the appetizer round. The junior chefs must figure out a way to make a guilty pleasure snack work in their venison entrees, then some serious mistakes in the dessert round leave the judges with much to consider.

Monday
Aug 27
6pm | 5c
Season 7, Episode 6

Champions: Grand Finale

Four of the most talented Chopped Junior competitors have made their way to the finale to compete for a third win, the title and $25,000! The basket powers-that-be throw them a whopper of a first basket that includes a rather wild jerky and a protein that most Americans have never eaten. The second basket is a doozy as well, with cream puffs and a strange ketchup. Then, the final round of the tournament calls for some kid-friendly bubbly.

Monday
Aug 27
7pm | 6c
Season 5, Episode 5

Turn Up the Beet

A new group of kid competitors bond over their love of music and food as they prepare dishes for the judges: Food Network's Valerie Bertinelli, ballerina Misty Copeland and chef Chris Santos. First, they find themselves working with beets and octopus in block form in the appetizer round. A salmon-like fish filet in the entree round presents challenges, then the finalists must figure out how to work edible piano keys into their desserts.

Tuesday
Aug 28
2pm | 1c

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.