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 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.

Sunday
Jan 15
3pm | 2c
Season 5, Episode 1

Chicken and Do-Nots

Chefs Daniel Churchill and Marcus Samuelsson and actress Allison Williams serve as the judges for a new group of junior chefs, who are thrilled when the appetizer basket reveals an exciting twist on chicken and waffles. In the entree round, a sweet, tropical icing must be paired with pork, and in the dessert round, it's a race to the ice cream machine when both finalists are inspired by a coconut beverage.

Tuesday
Jan 31
9pm | 8c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 1
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 9

Make Me a Judge: Episode 1

For the first time in Chopped history, kid competitors have a chance at becoming a Chopped judge! In the first competition, judged by Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy, a burger theme shapes what the kids must cook. For the appetizer round, they have to use an unusual popsicle and a small egg delicacy. The entree round delivers straightforward burger meat, but with a sweet oniony condiment. Then, the remaining kid cooks must figure out how to make burger-inspired desserts using a cured meat ingredient and fresh fruit.

Sunday
Mar 26
3pm | 2c
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.

Wednesday
Apr 19
3am | 2c
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.

Tuesday
Sep 19
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 7

Play Nice With Spice

The heat is on in this spicy competition, judged by YouTube personality Tyler Oakley and chefs Ching-He Huang and Geoffrey Zakarian. In the appetizer round, the kids must put on their goggles when they tackle hot peppers. The entree round reveals a milder chili, but the junior chefs are left wishing they had practiced cooking goat! Then, in the dessert round, the two finalists must cook with a spicy jam that leaves a tingling sensation.

Wednesday
Oct 18
3am | 2c
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.

Wednesday
Dec 13
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
Jan 2
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.

Tuesday
Jan 9
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
Feb 5
3pm | 2c
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
Feb 5
6pm | 5c
Season 4, Episode 13

Chia Frets

At an age when many kids have never even tasted lamb, the junior chefs competing must create dishes with it in round one. A creamy soup and a pretty pasta are two of the entree basket ingredients that the young cooks must conquer. Then, the judges -- chef Amanda Freitag, actor David Alan Grier and TV host Brandi Milloy -- fret over the gray color of the chia pudding in the dessert basket.

Tuesday
Mar 27
2pm | 1c
Season 5, Episode 9

Fry Fans

The young competitors celebrate fried food in each round and whip up some deep-fried delights for the judges, chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Rebecca Lang and actor Zachary Quinto. The first round kicks off with a popular Southern beverage and seafood. The heat builds in the second round, when the kids get to pair the "caviar of the South" with a savory batter. Then, the dessert round reveals that almost everything can be fried, including ice cream!

Tuesday
Apr 24
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 7

Play Nice With Spice

The heat is on in this spicy competition, judged by YouTube personality Tyler Oakley and chefs Ching-He Huang and Geoffrey Zakarian. In the appetizer round, the kids must put on their goggles when they tackle hot peppers. The entree round reveals a milder chili, but the junior chefs are left wishing they had practiced cooking goat! Then, in the dessert round, the two finalists must cook with a spicy jam that leaves a tingling sensation.

Tuesday
May 1
2pm | 1c
Season 5, Episode 10

Mac and Cheese, Please!

A new batch of kids celebrate mac and cheese in all three rounds, beginning with appetizers containing the ready-to-make version. A bright orange snack and fancy cheese must work their way into entrees, then in the final round, even the judges -- actress Betsy Brandt and chefs Marc Murphy and Nguyen Tran -- are surprised to see how mac and cheese can be interpreted in dessert form.

Tuesday
May 8
2pm | 1c
Season 4, Episode 1

Bug Bites

Creepy-crawly kabobs in the first basket kick things off on an adventurous note -- will the junior chefs find a good way to incorporate the bites of crunchy protein? In the entree round, the kids are happy to get fish fillets and a colorful cereal. Then, the young cooks must find creative ways to use some little sprinkles and a giant egg in their desserts. The judging panel features actors David Arquette and Jake Smollett and chef Scott Conant.

Tuesday
May 15
2pm | 1c
Season , Episode 3

Sloppy Apps

Neatness is always important in plating, but with sloppy joes as a mandatory ingredient in the first round, the judges -- food blogger Siri Daly, actress Cheryl Hines, and chef Geoffrey Zakarian -- must excuse some sloppiness! A red pesto and some white turnips keep things interesting in the entree round, then a yummy bacon apple pie is found in the dessert basket.

Tuesday
May 22
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.