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Chopped All-Stars, Season 3: Finale Highlights

Browse behind-the-scenes photos from the finale of Chopped All-Stars.
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Finale

In this final round of the All-Stars tournament, the winners from each of the four previous rounds return to the kitchen to seek the title of champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Boxer Laila Ali, Chopped judge Scott Conant, acclaimed chef Gavin Kaysen and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson will once again face the unexpected challenges of working with the mystery basket ingredients. Click through to the end to get interviews with the winner and the runner-up.

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First-Timer's Charm

The basket ingredients are soft-shell crabs, crunchy peanut butter, sake and sea beans. Having never cooked crab before, Laila dives right in like an expert and makes an Asian-inspired dish. She cooks the sea beans with peanut butter — a riff on one of her own recipes. Geoffrey commends Laila for her decision to cook the crab in a flavorful bisque, but would have preferred fewer sea beans on the plate.

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Looking Out for a Friend

The judges are excited to see that Scott is cooking pasta. Geoffrey says, "If anybody knows pasta in this kitchen, it's Mr. Scott Conant." But Scott worries that even though the judges know him professionally and personally, they won't hesitate to chop him.

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Signaling His Creativity

Scott wants to showcase his strengths while also pushing his boundaries, so his pasta dish takes on a Thai influence with a coconut-peanut sauce. Aarón thinks it's perfectly cooked, and Geoffrey applauds his cutting up of the crab. The only negative comments from the judges are that there were too many sea beans on the plate and the sake flavor wasn't as prevalent as it could have been.

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