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Chopped Grill Masters, Season 3: Tournament Rounds in Review

Browse highlights from the battles to find out which chefs got chopped and who earned spots in the finale for a chance to win $50,000.
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Chopped Winners Back for the Final Fight

The champions of the four preliminary rounds — Jonathon Sawyer, Daniel Gomez Sanchez, Tony Maws and Sophina Uong — have returned for the last battle in the Grill Masters tournament. They've each won $10,000 previously, but the single winner here will walk away with an additional $50,000 and the title of Chopped Grand Champion. See which chef rose to the top of the pack.

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Taking the Wrong Cues

"You can use every part of it," says Tony, excited to get a pig's head in the appetizer basket; however, he decides to focus on just the jowls. "If they gave me the pig's head, they want the fat," says Tony, purposely plating fatty pieces alongside the other components of his dish. "It's an elegant dish," Geoffrey says, but notes that it's "a little bit more fat than meat." 

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The Trouble with Tortillas

Jonathon also decides to focus on the jowls, and grills tomatoes to blend into a sauce with the basket's smoked chocolate chips. But with just minutes left he grills the homemade blue corn tortillas from the basket and whips together a crema. "It needs just a little more time," says Amanda of his tortillas, and Marc mirrors the comment. Similarly, the judges find Daniel's tortillas inconsistently cooked.

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Hitting the Right Balance of Fat and Meat

"I start to smell the pig face burning," says Sophina, hurrying to take it off the heat just in time. Geoffrey is happy to find her meat is less fatty, but Amanda feels there's too much meat for an appetizer. "You gave us just enough of each," Marc tells Daniel of his dish, which featured the tongue, the cheek, the ears and some of the fat. After considering all four chefs' dishes, the judges chop Tony for plating too much fat.

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