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Chopped Champions Season 4: Round 1 in Review

Get an insider's look at what went down in the first round of Food Network's Chopped Champions Season 4.
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Same Kitchen, Higher Stakes

In the premiere round of the five-part Champions tournament, four previous Chopped winners return to the kitchen in the hopes of outcooking the chopping block once again and scoring a spot in the finale battle where they'll have a chance to compete for $50,000 and the coveted title of Chopped Grand Champion.

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Chopped Salad

Despite what Chris Santos deems a "very smart" preparation of Devils on Horseback, Chef Lish Steiling is chopped after just one course of cooking. Her haggis-stuffed prunes and simple celery-parsnip salad fail to impress the judges in this high-stakes competition.

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French Inspiration

For French Chef Sylvain Harribey, it's of the utmost importance to remain true to the French style of cooking. In both the appetizer and entree rounds, he relies on classic French dishes like a galette and gratin, although they're ultimately not enough to best his competitors' offerings and he's chopped after the second course.

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Head in the Game

Chef Kenneth Johnson gets to work breaking down two heads of wild striped bass to be featured in his entree of fish cakes with root vegetables. Though the judges applaud the beauty in his dish's presentation, Judge Geoffrey Zakarian says that the cake is "dense" and Judge Chris Santos notes that he found scales in each bite he took.

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