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Chopped's Most Dramatic Wins and Losses

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International Victory

Chef Luisa Fernandes moved from Portugal to the Unites States with no friends, no money, and no English. Now, as the executive chef of a New York City restaurant, Luisa is out to prove that regardless of the hardship she may have encountered earlier in life, she has the culinary capability to win Chopped. When she succeeds, she couldn’t be happier.

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After competing in a tournament of 16 phenomenal chefs, Madison Cowen and Jason Zukas battle it out in the dessert round for the title of Chopped Champion and a prize of $50,000. Both chefs, and the judges, are understandably emotional at the final chopping, and even more so when the winning competitor’s daughter makes a surprise appearance.

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Were she to win this episode of Chopped Redemption, Chef Yoanne Magris has a specific use in mind for her potential Chopped winnings: she wants to fly home to France to visit her ill grandmother. After already losing Chopped once, this may be her last chance to earn the money, and Yoanna powers through severe burns in order to win. Sadly, Yoanne is chopped in the final round, but winner Lance Nitahara is so moved by her story that he offers to use his own winnings to buy her plane ticket home.

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Shania Thomas enters the first-ever teenage-edition of Chopped to honor her late brother, who always encouraged her to follow her dreams of becoming a chef, and prove that she has what it takes to stand on her own two feet. After battling three other talented teenagers, she does just that, taking home the win to make her brother proud.

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