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Chopped Ultimate Champions: Grand Finale in Review

Browse highlights from the finale of the Chopped Ultimate Champions tournament.
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The Pro vs. the Joes

In the Chopped Ultimate Champions finale, professional chef Giorgio Rapicavoli will face off against: Laila Ali, representing the celebrities; Keith Young, representing the amateur cooks; and Diana Sabater, representing the hero cooks. The winner walks away with the largest prize yet, $50,000 and a new car.

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Appetizer Basket

The dishes must include duck confit, ramps, risotto and orange-cream ice pops. Alex is paying attention to how the competitors are using the ramps. "A lot like a scallion with notes of garlic," is how she describes the flavor, but some cooking methods work better than others for them, namely grilling, Geoffrey notes.

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Planning to Remain Undefeated

"I know what my opponent's talents are," says Laila, referring to Giorgio, "but I'm going to find a way to beat him." As an undefeated boxing champion, she knows competition. Despite not being familiar with duck confit, she delves right into the challenge and comes up with duck-and-ramp-filled wontons.

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Pushing Her Boundaries

Until now Diana has leaned on her Latin roots when choosing a direction for her dishes, but she decides to go an Asian route, spicing the duck with turmeric and five-spice powder, and making risotto cakes along with a grilled ramp sauce. "I'm ready to take risks, scary risks for what I'm passionate about," she says.

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