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 3, Episode 13

Halloween Party!

With gory surprises in every basket, the costumed competitors have much to fear and $10,000 to gain in this Halloween showdown, presided over by judges Scott Conant, event planner Jackie Sorkin and actress Michelle Trachtenberg. A vial filled with something deceptively familiar and some spicy mummies are weird surprises in the first basket, then the entree round has the junior chefs digging into a spooky casserole. Finally, the last two competitors confidently craft desserts from an odd collection of goodies!

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

Rise and Cook!

Four young cooks set out to make judges Cliff Crooks, Bethenny Frankel and Geoffrey Zakarian the most important meal of the day: breakfast! French toast and cereal are remixed in the first basket. Then, the kids struggle to make perfect eggs against the clock in the entree round. The two finalists in the dessert round get to work with an extravagant breakfast-themed cake and a grown-up breakfast beverage.

Tuesday
Oct 9
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 8

Cookin' for a Cookout

In this competition packed with backyard barbecue ingredients, the judges -- actress and singer Jana Kramer and chefs Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian -- are on the lookout for a Chopped cookout champion! The appetizer round reveals a popular potato dish and a protein meant for grilling. The junior chefs get some more cookout classics in the entree round when they find a saucy side dish and burgers. Then, the finalists get to work with a very sweet pie and a sour dairy product.

Wednesday
Oct 10
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 12

Snapper Snafus

In round one, the junior chefs have to hustle to do their best with duck and some wild-flavored cupcakes. The young cooks all take different routes with the snapper in the entree basket, then the finalists find a playful pie and a tart surprise in the dessert round. The judging panel features chef Scott Conant, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and chef Jamika Pessoa.

Tuesday
Oct 16
2pm | 1c
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.

Wednesday
Oct 17
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 5

Got Elk?

A new group of young competitors enter the kitchen and attempt to win over the judges, chefs Aaron Sanchez and Jet Tila and comedian Iliza Shlesinger. A super-cheesy sandwich is at the center of a puzzling appetizer basket, then in the second round, a root vegetable and a sweet Latin treat must find a place on the entree plates. The two kids lucky enough to make it all the way to the final round find a whimsical watermelon dessert in the baskets.

Tuesday
Oct 23
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 4

Fish Tale

A serious seafood challenge plus a healthy frozen dessert are two of the ingredients that the junior chefs encounter out of the gate. In round two, a pork chop plate will get a young cook chopped, then major setbacks in the dessert round keep the finalists working furiously on their rainbow pancake dishes until time is up. The judging panel features TV host Debbie Matenopoulos and chefs Chris Santos and Dale Talde.

Wednesday
Oct 24
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 13

Halloween Party!

With gory surprises in every basket, the costumed competitors have much to fear and $10,000 to gain in this Halloween showdown, presided over by judges Scott Conant, event planner Jackie Sorkin and actress Michelle Trachtenberg. A vial filled with something deceptively familiar and some spicy mummies are weird surprises in the first basket, then the entree round has the junior chefs digging into a spooky casserole. Finally, the last two competitors confidently craft desserts from an odd collection of goodies!

Tuesday
Oct 30
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.

Wednesday
Oct 31
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 6

Nest Test

The young competitors hatch a plan for what to do with a "birds' nest" in the first basket, which is actually a common dish in disguise. Then, in the entree round, the chefs learn a new word for a specific type of chicken and must hustle to get it cooked through. The two finalists have similar ideas for killer kiwi desserts, but will the judges -- singer Austin Mahone, cookbook author Raquel Pelzel and chef Aaron Sanchez -- love their dishes equally?

Tuesday
Nov 6
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.

Wednesday
Nov 7
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 4

A Chopped Junior Thanksgiving

Four new junior chefs are presented with the challenge of making a perfect Thanksgiving meal for the judges, including special guest Martha Stewart and Food Network's Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian. First, they must make creative appetizers using spiral ham, and in round two, they have to prepare entrees using three different turkey parts. Pumpkin spice lattes in the final basket get the kids excited for dessert, where they race to claim the ice cream machine!

Tuesday
Nov 13
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.

Wednesday
Nov 14
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 4

Thanks Kidding

Four confident young cooks set out to make judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Sandra Lee and Laura Vitale a spectacular Thanksgiving meal. Pumpkin pie comes first as one of the mystery ingredients for the appetizer round. There's no turkey in the entree basket, but there are a lot of other traditional flavors. Then, some adorable cupcakes are at the center of a goody-filled final basket.

Tuesday
Nov 20
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
Nov 21
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 7

Yay Holidays!

'Tis the season for good times in the Chopped Junior Kitchen! The junior chefs are challenged to make a holiday meal for the judges, chefs Sandra Lee, Marc Murphy and Christian Petroni. The feast begins with duck and veggie appetizers, then stockings and wreaths made from common foods create a festive feel in the entree round. Finally, a lot of whimsy and sugar in the dessert basket keep the last two culinary elves happy and busy.

Tuesday
Nov 27
2pm | 1c
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
Nov 28
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 5

S'more Determination

Chefs Tiffany Derry and Alex Guarnaschelli and actress Jennette McCurdy are on hand to judge this round of junior chefs, who must first deal with a peculiar hot dog pasta in their appetizer baskets. The odd combos continue in the second round with s'mores French fries, plus a difficult-to-prepare protein that is definitely new to the young cooks. Then, some adorable dumplings and some fancy fruit are two of the ingredients in the mix for dessert.

Tuesday
Dec 4
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
Dec 5
4am | 3c
Season 5, Episode 13

Let's Taco 'Bout It

The junior chefs must integrate the mystery basket ingredients into taco-inspired dishes, starting with pork and tropical flavors in the appetizer basket. A prickly plant must find its way onto the plates for the entree, then a cake in the third basket contains a sweet surprise! Chef Scott Conant, Food Network Star finalist Martita Jara and actress Kym Whitley serve as judges.

Tuesday
Dec 11
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
Dec 12
4am | 3c
Season 6, Episode 1

Sibling Showdown

Chefs and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio join Marcus Samuelsson on the judging panel for a family feud! Two sets of siblings compete individually for $10,000, and must pair pancetta and pasta in the first round. Some adorable food animals must make their way into entrees, then a dessert tower excites the finalists in the last round.

Tuesday
Dec 18
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.

Wednesday
Dec 19
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 7

Culinary Elves

Four new junior chefs get into the spirit of the season as they create a feast for the judges, former White House chef Sam Kass, Food Network's Marc Murphy, and Martha Stewart! In the appetizer round, the walls of gingerbread houses come down, and for entrees, the young cooks must make sweet ingredients work with leg of lamb. Finally, everyone is happy to see snowmen made of doughnuts in the dessert basket.

Tuesday
Dec 25
2pm | 1c
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.

Wednesday
Dec 26
4am | 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.