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Chopped Teen Tournament, Season 2: Part 1 Highlights

Browse behind-the-scenes moments from Part 1 of Chopped Teen Tournament and find out who will advance to the finale.
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Teens Take on Chopped

Yazmene, Theo, Anna and Franco are competing in Part 1 of the five-part Teen Tournament to earn a spot in the finale. The ultimate winner will walk away with the $25,000 prize. In the appetizer round the teens must use swordfish, black garlic mayonnaise, lemon leaves and bear's head mushrooms.

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Competing Plates

"I always season my mushrooms with balsamic vinegar," says Yazmene, deciding on a familiar route for her ingredients. And she decides to give the swordfish a Southwestern spin with smoked paprika. "I think there's a disconnect for me," judge Scott Conant says, finding it to be an odd pairing.

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Something to Prove

"Age isn't really a restriction in the kitchen," Franco says of the point he wants to prove by competing. "I'm not about fancy tricks," he explains. "I can outperform anyone." But unfortunately he's unfamiliar with the lemon leaves. Not knowing they're inedible, he sautes them with the mushrooms.

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Wet and Dry

"The mushrooms are like a sponge; they drank all that wine and they are wasted," Amanda Freitag tells Anna of her mistake in not cooking out the alcohol in her dish. "I love the transformation, but the cake is slightly dry," says Maneet Chauhan of Theo's fish cakes. In the end the judges chop Franco for undercooked fish.

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