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 1, Episode 12

Candy Rock Bottom

These junior chefs are here to prove their expertise level in the kitchen to some special judges: chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Sharone Hakman and musician Kimberly Schlapman. For appetizers, they must transform a popular packaged afternoon snack, and Mexican ingredients in the entree basket send some competitors on a similar track. When bugs in the final basket don't go over well, the young chefs must try to emphasize other mystery ingredients.

Tuesday
May 7
2pm | 1c
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
May 7
3pm | 2c
Season 1, Episode 5

Fungi Times

The four junior chefs in this competition can't be kept out of the kitchen, and they're here to prove themselves to the judges: chef Tino Feliciano, former White House chef Sam Kass and Food Network's Marc Murphy. In the first round, they must masterfully transform strange fungi and frozen treats, and their faces say it all when tasting unappealing entree basket ingredients. For dessert, incorporating French fries proves to be a challenge.

Wednesday
May 8
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 8

Future Stars

Four junior chefs with an appetite for long-term success square off in front of a special panel of judges, including former professional boxer Laila Ali and chefs Marc Murphy and Sam Talbot. The appetizer basket includes a creepy-crawly snack and fried onions, and a canned product is met with disdain in the entree round. Finally, they must balance several super-sweet items in their desserts.

Tuesday
May 14
3pm | 2c
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.

Wednesday
May 15
4am | 3c
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
May 21
3pm | 2c
Season 1, Episode 10

Adorably Ambitious

Four new junior chefs arrive in the kitchen to show they're already cooking like pros, and chefs Scott Conant and Madison Cowan are joined by actress Mila Kunis to judge the competition. In the first round, the young chefs receive both yummy and yucky ingredients for appetizers, then aim for a perfect salmon dish in the entree round. For dessert, they must transform an iconic cake into something new and delicious.

Wednesday
May 22
4am | 3c
Season 5, Episode 3

Heads Will Roll

Chefs Maneet Chauhan and George Mendes and actor Kevin McHale step in to judge the next round of talented junior chefs. First, the kids open the appetizer basket to find something staring right back at them! A cute candy creation and a twist on garlic bread spice things up in the entree round. Then, vegetables make their way into brownies in the dessert round, but the finalists have no problem repurposing them.

Tuesday
May 28
3pm | 2c
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.

Wednesday
May 29
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 11

Cuteness Overload

The junior chefs in this competition are young and fearless, and at just nine and ten years old, they're the youngest yet! Food Network's Amanda Freitag and Jeff Mauro and actress Hayden Panettiere serve as judges, and in the first round, the young chefs must cook with a classic kid food and some unusual chips. In the entree round, there's a super-sour basket ingredient, and for dessert, a punny snack that might make them crabby!

Tuesday
Jun 4
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 10

The Big Stink

Food blogger Ayesha Curry, former White House chef Sam Kass and chef Marcus Samuelsson are on hand to judge this round of young competitors, who must deal with some seriously stinky ingredients in the first basket. The second round has the junior chefs wondering what to do with a snack mix and a mix of mini veggies, and a reptilian cake meets a vegan cheese in the dessert basket.

Wednesday
Jun 5
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 5

Grill It!

The junior chefs are fired up for a grilling competition, with NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, chef Amanda Freitag, and Cooking Channel's Ali Khan serving as judges! Rings of meat and donut hybrids find their way to the grill pans in round one. Then, the judges are happy to see a select piece of beef in the second basket, but wonder if the young competitors will know how to treat it right. Finally, fruit on the grill is all but guaranteed in the dessert round.

Tuesday
Jun 11
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 12

Goat Gumption

Four fresh-faced junior chefs must give it their all to impress the judges, model Jourdan Dunn and chefs Carla Hall and Chris Santos. In round one, the competitors must confront a soft drink with a wacky flavor, and some grapes in a funny shape and a crunchy healthy snack are required elements in the young chefs' goat entrees. Then, there's big drama in the dessert round as one competitor attempts a last-ditch dash to the ice cream machine.

Wednesday
Jun 12
4am | 3c
Season 5, Episode 11

Rescue Mission!

The young cooks tackle baskets of leftover and often-wasted food, starting with cheese rinds and takeout leftovers in the appetizer round. Then, they find some unwanted produce that must be worked into an entree. For dessert, the finalists find creative uses for forgotten fruit and baking leftovers to win over judges Amanda Freitag, Sam Kass and Marc Murphy.

Tuesday
Jun 18
3pm | 2c
Season 1, Episode 1

Shake It Up

Bright new faces of the culinary world give it their all in this Chopped competition for young cooks! To win, they must impress the judges, actress Elizabeth Chambers and chefs Amanda Freitag and Lee Anne Wong. The appetizer basket includes beet hummus and head-on shrimp, then in the entree round, a giant milkshake has all the kids amped up. Those who advance to the final round create fruit and yogurt desserts.

Wednesday
Jun 19
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 9

Nugget? Fuhgettaboutit!

Chefs Kenny Gilbert and Geoffrey Zakarian and actress Mae Whitman rule the judging table for this round of culinary competition! First, some of the young cooks are not fans of the kid-favorite chicken nuggets found in the appetizer basket. Then, will the junior chefs have the experience to properly cook the delicate bay scallops from the entree basket? The end of the round prompts some unprecedented cooperation among the competitors, then in the dessert round, a hybrid fruit and some Mesozoic candies make for a fun time.

Tuesday
Jun 25
3pm | 2c
Season 8, Episode 3

Smoothie Operators

Four young cooking dynamos try to impress the judges, including guest Jessica Alba, with their appetizers that include beef tongue. The entree basket pairs a sweet orange cream smoothie with some savory favorites, and the last two competitors try to turn a giant lollipop and an odd sandwich into a winning dessert.

Tuesday
Jun 25
9pm | 8c
Season 8, Episode 3

Smoothie Operators

Four young cooking dynamos try to impress the judges, including guest Jessica Alba, with their appetizers that include beef tongue. The entree basket pairs a sweet orange cream smoothie with some savory favorites, and the last two competitors try to turn a giant lollipop and an odd sandwich into a winning dessert.

Wednesday
Jun 26
12am | 11c
Season 1, Episode 8

Future Stars

Four junior chefs with an appetite for long-term success square off in front of a special panel of judges, including former professional boxer Laila Ali and chefs Marc Murphy and Sam Talbot. The appetizer basket includes a creepy-crawly snack and fried onions, and a canned product is met with disdain in the entree round. Finally, they must balance several super-sweet items in their desserts.

Wednesday
Jun 26
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 13

Batter Hurry Up!

Four kids who starred in Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off return to compete in the Chopped Junior Kitchen and win over the judges: chefs Tiffany Derry and Amanda Freitag and actress Tia Mowry. In the first round, they must face a leftover burger and sweet drink, and the entree round sees the junior chefs frantically trying to work cake batter into chicken dishes. In the final round, both kids decide to bake, but may run out of time!

Monday
Jul 1
2pm | 1c
Season 4, Episode 12

Pinwheel Meals

In the appetizer round, the young cooks get to find out if bok choy tastes better with bacon. An old-fashioned "pinwheel" protein stirs things up in the entree round. And cottage cheese for dessert? The junior chefs attempt to find a place for it in their final plates. Actress Maia Mitchell and chefs Marc Murphy and Luke Thomas serve as judges.

Monday
Jul 1
3pm | 2c
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
Jul 1
4pm | 3c
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
Jul 1
5pm | 4c
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
Jul 1
6pm | 5c
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
Jul 1
7pm | 6c
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
Jul 1
8pm | 7c

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.