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Season 57, Episode 12

Avocado Bravado

Four chefs have the green light to go wild for avocados! For all their energy and enthusiasm, the chefs struggle to keep up with the clock in the first round, and the judges are on the edges of their seats. Then, figuring out how to work with a "secret" meat in the second basket might be the key to making delectable main dishes, and the two chefs left for the final round must be creative and conscientious to make avocado work well in their desserts.

Tuesday
Jul 16
1pm | 12c
Season 55, Episode 15

Get Your Geoducks in a Row

Baskets open, and brains in gear! The chefs are in for a tricky puzzle when they discover a very sweet drink and a challenging beef product in the first round. A giant clam in the second basket is an exciting find for the competitors, but cooking it correctly may prove challenging. Then, it looks like the chefs got lucky with some lovely dessert ingredients, but one chef grabs an item from the pantry that could make the round more difficult. The judges watch and wait to see how the final plates will taste!

Tuesday
Jul 16
2pm | 1c
Season 54, Episode 12

Uncommon Ramen

Four chefs are determined to be the next Chopped Champion, but only one of them will succeed! In the first round, combining ramen with a fruity cereal snack seems like the biggest challenge the competitors might face, but a serious injury leaves one chef stunned and significantly set back. Next, a strange frozen food is part of the puzzle in the entrée round. Then in the final round, the last two chefs attempt to show their very different culinary points of view through their bologna and orange desserts.

Tuesday
Jul 16
3pm | 2c
Season 53, Episode 11

Gluten for Punishment

Something fried in the appetizer basket is a bit of a head-scratcher for the chefs, but they must power on in an attempt to make it to the next round. The competitive fire is strong in the entree round as the chefs hustle to put together plates from a particularly strange combination of basket ingredients, including some curious fusion tacos. Then, the judges are impressed when the chefs bring very different yet clear visions to the dessert table.

Tuesday
Jul 16
4pm | 3c
Season 56, Episode 13

Claws Out!

Ready? Set? Crack those claws! In the first round, the chefs hustle to procure enough crab meat to make their appetizers. Then, a strange dip in the second round is a big part of the entrée challenge, and the final round is filled with plenty of fun when the basket includes mocktails and fruit balls.

Tuesday
Jul 16
5pm | 4c
Season 58, Episode 7

Abalone Absurdities

Just add sea snails! Most of the chefs are shocked and confused when abalone appears in their appetizer baskets. Then, a fusion soup and a colorful veggie are in the mix in the entrée basket, and an unwelcome egg in the dessert basket challenges the competitors to accept their fates and create innovative final plates.

Tuesday
Jul 16
6pm | 5c
Season 54, Episode 7

Blind Date Night

Meeting a blind date at a coffee shop is so passé! The Chopped Kitchen is the place to go when looking for love and the experience of a lifetime. Four pairs of chefs are set up on teams to compete against other lovelorn duos in an epic showdown, where sparks could fly in the heat of battle. Heart-shaped pasta and a flirty cocktail get things going in the appetizer round. As they cook up chateaubriand entrees, the couples find ways to connect, like doing shots in the pantry and discovering matching tattoos. A race to the ice cream machine in the final round adds some stress to the blind dates and has everyone wondering which duo can persevere under pressure and win.

Tuesday
Jul 16
7pm | 6c
Season 57, Episode 13

Crustacean Craze

Shell-shocked, the chefs must crush open crustaceans in every round to make sensational seafood meals that will float the judges' boat. In the appetizer basket, the chefs uncover a royally special seafood surprise, but a more basic ingredient could trip them up. Then, big ambitions in a tight time frame might mean trouble for one of the chefs, and the judges wonder if a risky plan in the dessert round will pan out.

Tuesday
Jul 16
8pm | 7c
Season 56, Episode 2

Gummy-Side Up

Four chefs hope for a sweet start as they open their appetizer baskets to find a green gummy shocker that is sure to keep them on edge as they try to show off their skills. The big question for the competitors in the entrée round is how to deal with the veal. Then, in the dessert round, a classic Chopped conundrum: when both chefs want to get into the ice cream machine, which one will get there first?!

Tuesday
Jul 16
11pm | 10c
Season 56, Episode 2

Gummy-Side Up

Four chefs hope for a sweet start as they open their appetizer baskets to find a green gummy shocker that is sure to keep them on edge as they try to show off their skills. The big question for the competitors in the entrée round is how to deal with the veal. Then, in the dessert round, a classic Chopped conundrum: when both chefs want to get into the ice cream machine, which one will get there first?!

Wednesday
Jul 17
2am | 1c
Season 57, Episode 13

Crustacean Craze

Shell-shocked, the chefs must crush open crustaceans in every round to make sensational seafood meals that will float the judges' boat. In the appetizer basket, the chefs uncover a royally special seafood surprise, but a more basic ingredient could trip them up. Then, big ambitions in a tight time frame might mean trouble for one of the chefs, and the judges wonder if a risky plan in the dessert round will pan out.

Wednesday
Jul 17
3am | 2c
Season 52, Episode 1

Pie in the Sky

Four competitors set out to make perfect pies in this special competition. In the appetizer round, one chef scrambles to stay on track when a competitor declines to share a coveted pantry ingredient, and an abundance of protein in the entree basket means meat-lovers pies are in order. Finally, when the last two chefs get the chance to create pies for dessert in the third round, will they find sweet success?

Thursday
Jul 18
8am | 7c
Season 57, Episode 8

Breakfast Baskets!

Inspired by hash browns and energized by eggs, four chefs wake up the judges' palates using baskets packed with breakfast foods. Time constraints in the super short first round have the chefs working frantically to get their plates done, and two chefs battle with breakfast sandwiches in the entrée round. In the dessert round, the competitors face a challenge that includes a strange coffee and a regional meat dish.

Thursday
Jul 18
9am | 8c
Season 58, Episode 2

Battle Italiano: Veneto

In a celebration of foods from the Veneto region of Italy, famous for its hearty yet elegant cuisine, the chefs showcase what they know about making amazing Venetian dishes. A strikingly strange ingredient in the first basket threatens to throw them off their game, while using polenta to best effect in a half-hour entree round is a tremendous task. After two ambitious chefs set out to leave an impression with their pear and cheese desserts, the judges will have to decide who has secured a spot in the Battle Italiano finale!

Saturday
Jul 20
1pm | 12c
Season 58, Episode 3

Battle Italiano: Tuscany

Four chefs focus on the fabulous food of Tuscany in all its fresh, humble, sensational glory. In the appetizer round, the judges wonder whether the chefs will manage to make good choices while dealing with a super-lean meat in the basket. Then, issues of confidence and competence plague the chefs in round two, and two chefs inspired by an Italian cookie tray -- and their desire to score a spot in the finale -- race to make amazing final plates!

Saturday
Jul 20
2pm | 1c
Season 58, Episode 4

Battle Italiano: Emilia-Romagna

Four chefs get to the heart of Italian cuisine as they explore the incredible influence that the robust Emilia-Romagna region has on the culinary world. A slithery surprise and a frozen favorite challenge the chefs in the appetizer round, and those who make it to the entrée round have very different ideas for their veal and mushroom dishes. Then, the two competitors who remain for the dessert round endeavor to represent themselves and their region!

Saturday
Jul 20
3pm | 2c
Season 58, Episode 5

Battle Italiano: Puglia

Four chefs get inspired by Italy's "olive oil capital" as they create coastal cuisine from Puglia. In the appetizer round, a chef's mistake causes a big stink in the kitchen -- literally, and an imposing protein takes up a lot of space in the entrée basket. In the dessert round, a tough basket that includes cactus creates a prickly situation for the final two chefs.

Saturday
Jul 20
4pm | 3c
Season 58, Episode 6

Battle Italiano: Finale

The four winning chefs return for the Battle Italiano finale, where they'll represent their regions and fight to take home the Grande Campione's $25,000 prize! The baskets are anything but standard issue, and the appetizer round features pizza in a tube! Emotions run high in a dramatic entrée round with just three chefs left in the epic tournament. Then, unfamiliar ingredients in the dessert basket promise to keep the two finalists on their toes!

Saturday
Jul 20
5pm | 4c
Season 57, Episode 13

Crustacean Craze

Shell-shocked, the chefs must crush open crustaceans in every round to make sensational seafood meals that will float the judges' boat. In the appetizer basket, the chefs uncover a royally special seafood surprise, but a more basic ingredient could trip them up. Then, big ambitions in a tight time frame might mean trouble for one of the chefs, and the judges wonder if a risky plan in the dessert round will pan out.

Tuesday
Jul 23
1pm | 12c
Season 50, Episode 4

Chef's Best Friend

It's a doggone Chopped event! In addition to competing with appetizers, entrees and desserts, dog-loving chefs make treats for a canine judge! Things could get "ruff" if the golden retriever with the golden palate turns up its nose at their hard work. The chefs are literally thrown a bone in the first basket, and a dog-friendly beverage and a pasta dish must be combined in the second round. The dessert round finds the competitors figuring out what to do with bananas and a certain nose-to-tail treasure before this Chopped dog show reaches its exciting conclusion.

Tuesday
Jul 23
2pm | 1c
Season 50, Episode 5

Ballpark Baskets

Simple concession stand snacks are so old-school! The latest stadium fare is substantial and out-of-the-park sensational and substantial, so when four bold competitors get ballpark foods in every basket, the judges have high expectations. Cheesy, fruity and doughy appetizers are in the lineup for round one, and the entree basket contains some basic finger foods that the chefs must turn into home runs. The remaining chefs in the dessert round face no shortage of sweet surprises in the final ballpark basket.

Tuesday
Jul 23
3pm | 2c
Season 50, Episode 18

Deep-Fried Deliciousness

What's at the deep end of deliciousness? Deep-fried foods! The competing chefs must make liberal use of the fryers to create crunchy, yummy, decadent dishes. The appetizer basket contains something spicy and a strange soda. The judges are excited for fried fish entrees, but they won't let anyone off the hook for making careless mistakes. Finally, the remaining competitors find an edible enigma in the dessert basket: a treat that is both frozen and deep-fried.

Tuesday
Jul 23
4pm | 3c
Season 51, Episode 9

Meal of Fortune

Golden baskets are packed with the fanciest of ingredients, and the chefs are challenged to rise to the occasion and create upscale meals, worthy of their top-notch components. Caviar potato chips are a posh crunchy surprise in the first basket. High-class sushi and a swanky veggie are two of the grand ingredients the competitors must include in their entrees. Then, as the last two chefs race to make elegant desserts, the clock gives them a run for their money.

Tuesday
Jul 23
5pm | 4c
Season 53, Episode 4

Grilling on the Edge

Grilling is living! Four chefs with a talent for live-fire cooking bring their passion to the Chopped kitchen. Beef in the first basket should be a breeze, but nothing is ever easy on Chopped. Second-guessing in the entree round leaves one chef confused about the best plan for the main protein, and the two grilling gurus who advance to the last round must make final plates that include a dough and a fancy fruit.

Tuesday
Jul 23
6pm | 5c
Season 55, Episode 17

Too Yacht to Handle

Chefs who usually hit the high seas by cooking on yachts battle on dry land, trading their sea legs for a topsy-turvy experience in the Chopped kitchen! Predictably, the chefs get seafood in the first basket, but proverbial rough waters in the appetizer round make for a rocky start to the competition. Creativity abounds from the chefs as they make entrées, but the judges find some technical issues with the plates. Then, it's a tight race in the dessert round as the chefs seek to make incredible final dishes with a strange butter and a tropical cocktail.

Tuesday
Jul 23
7pm | 6c
Season 57, Episode 10

Heart and Sole

Set on success, four chefs are ready to wow the judges with their heart, talent and drive! In the first round, the competitors make appetizers that include a Central Asian bread and a fun sweet-and-sour treat. When the chefs find a packaged product in the entrée basket, they must think up ways to make it sing with sole. Then, it's anybody's guess who will prevail after a dessert round featuring an Indian snack and a plethora of pastries.

Tuesday
Jul 23
8pm | 7c

About the Host

Ted Allen

Ted, the host of Chopped, was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning series Queer Eye, which had a 100-episode run.

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