Top Moments of Chopped After Hours: Oodles of Noodles

Judges Marcus Samuelsson, Amanda Freitag and Scott Conant take on the entree basket from the Oodles of Noodles episode.

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Scott, the Third Wheel

As Marcus, Amanda and Scott walk into the Chopped kitchen, Ted Allen asks if they're excited to be cooking. "[It's] because I'm here with Amanda," says Marcus. "Oh, you're here too," he adds, realizing Scott's behind him. The three will be cooking with sausage and meatballs, chayote squash, tomato sorbet, and pasta dough provided by Scott, says Ted, adding, "which might explain if you find a hair or two." Scott explains, "I was doing it with no shirt on."

Ingredient Coordination

"We've got to melt this guy down," says Marcus about the tomato sorbet, which he thinks will be too tart. But Scott points out that it's actually sweet, adding "but for me the most-interesting part of this is the similarity that it has to your pants," says Scott, holding the tomato next to Marcus. Ted requests Marcus wear baggy khakis next time.

Self-Professed Pasta Expert

"You know, this pasta doesn't need any flour to work with," explains Scott of his all-egg-yolk recipe that he's rolling out into sheets for his nidi di rondine, a filled and rolled pasta that's cut into pinwheels. "If you notice, I don't have any flour on the table, unlike my competitors, who are much less savvy at this type of work," he adds. "What if I disagree with that?" Amanda asks.

Using Pasta for Its Unintended Purpose

"What are you doing with the pasta dough?" Scott asks Marcus. "I'm using the dough but just to thicken my stock," he says. "What, it's not good enough for you?" Scott asks, annoyed that Marcus would rather make gnocchi from scratch than use his perfect pasta dough. "I heard him say that pasta dough is garbage," says Amanda, throwing fuel on the fire.

The Chefs' Personal Shopper

"Coming through," says Ted, pushing a shopping cart. "Are you going to eat that?" he asks Marcus of the chef's unused pasta dough. "No, that's all you," Marcus replies. Ted, being the helper he is, checks if the chefs need anything from the pantry. So he goes and grabs flour for Amanda and ricotta for Scott. "I love Ted, the shopper," says Amanda. "You know, I aim to serve," Ted answers.

Bringing the Basket Together Under Pressure

Amanda combines the sorbet, meatballs and sausage to create a ragu for her lasagnettes, baby ones, she explains, alternately layering the pasta, meat sauce, thinly sliced chayote and cheese. "And those are not in the oven," Ted says to Amanda after his 10-minute warning. "I don't know what you're talking about," she replies. "Yes, they are," she claims.

Cunning Compliments

"We really embraced the pasta, but you didn't," Scott tells Marcus. "That's amazing," Scott says. "I'm not going to say that it's better than the pasta," he adds, taking back his compliment. "Imagine this dish with the right pasta," Marcus says of Amanda's lasagnette, giving it right back to Scott. "I love that you fully highlighted the pasta," Amanda says to Scott, of his dish. "I don't like you, but I like this pasta," adds Marcus.

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