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Chopped Season 31 Episodes

20 Episodes 2016 - 2016

Episode 1

Smorgastarta Your Engines

Thu, Oct 13, 2016 60 mins

Appetizers are made with a smorgastarta Swedish layer cake; the competitors find the entrée round overly complicated because of a sweet powder and prickly produce; and eggplant preserved in sugar must be incorporated into desserts.

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Episode 2

Tailgate Greats

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 60 mins

Four devoted football fans compete in a tailgate-theme showdown. Round 1 ingredients include handy sandwiches and sweet popcorn. Later, the chefs are given a strange take on mimosa; and hustle to execute creative desserts.

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Episode 3

Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 1

Thu, Oct 20, 2016 60 mins

Part 1 of 4. Bobby Flay joins the judges' panel as returning champions compete to win the chance to beat chef Bobby. In the first round, a Scandinavian fish and sugary cereal test the competitors. Later, they are given flowery syrup and an onion with sprinkles for their entrée dishes. Finally, desserts are made with a cheesy sandwich, some jelly and one of Bobby's favorite ingredients.

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Episode 4

Midnight Snack Attack

Tue, Oct 25, 2016 60 mins

The challenge faced by the competing chefs is to make the perfect midnight meal. In the first round, fried foods and a trendy cocktail are creatively reimagined. Then, prized mushrooms and a much-craved street food are used to make entrées. In the end, the finalists aim to wake up the judges' palates with breakfast flavors.

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Episode 5

Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 2

Thu, Oct 27, 2016 60 mins

Part 2 of 4. Four returning champs compete for a chance to beat Bobby Flay. Their first challenge involves a seafood that needs tenderizing and a canned product. Then, entrées must include a king of the sea and an icebox cake. Finally, the judges worry how an ice cream made with one of Bobby's favorite ingredients will turn out given that there's trouble with the machine.

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Episode 6

Hearty Party

Tue, Nov 1, 2016 60 mins

A Cajun specialty that is "offal-y" special is revealed in the appetizer basket. Then, a prized protein adds some porky flavor to fish entrées. Finally, a drink that is chewed takes the prize for oddest mystery ingredient in the dessert round.

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Episode 7

Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 3

Thu, Nov 3, 2016 60 mins

Part 3 of 4. A set of twins compete for the chance to beat Bobby Flay. Round 1 features a cold soup and stuffed lobster. Then, entrée ingredients include a giant piece of meat and some tasty little dried fruits. Finally, the remaining two chefs need to figure out what to do with a Swedish cookie that's difficult to pronounce.

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Episode 8

Cheap Eats

Tue, Nov 8, 2016 60 mins

Thrifty ingredients are featured throughout the competition. First, pork buns and Mexican street corn are incorporated into appetizers. Then, a pickled product gets paired with a fair favorite when making entrées. Finally, some delectable little cakes and an odd sauce are used in dessert dishes.

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Episode 9

Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Finale

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 60 mins

Conclusion. Three undefeated champs are challenged with making appetizers with a strange sauce. Later, an extremely difficult entrée round stands between one chef and the chance to beat Bobby Flay and take home $40,000.

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Episode 10

Battle of the Butchers

Thu, Nov 17, 2016 60 mins

Butchers compete. First, whiskey shots are passed around; and the protein pros make appetizers with a beautiful cut of pork. Then, the entrée basket contains a big bird and an unfortunately named radish. Finally, desserts feature an ice cream that the cleaver wielders can truly appreciate.

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Episode 11

Beast Feast

Tue, Nov 22, 2016 60 mins

A protein-packed battle with some ingredients that are too big for the baskets. Included: Blenders boom in the fast, loud and meaty appetizer round; the chefs get to choose what part of an imposing whole animal to use in their entrées; and making piggy desserts is the final challenge.

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Episode 12

Back in Time

Thu, Nov 24, 2016 60 mins

Retro ingredients are featured in the competition. First, a familiar can and a space-age beverage transport the chefs and judges back in time during the appetizer round. Then, entrées are made with something frozen and something nostalgically spherical. Finally, a refreshment named for a movie legend is found in the dessert basket.

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Episode 13

Million Dollar Baskets

Thu, Dec 22, 2016 60 mins

Top-notch ingredients include caviar and a very pricey seafood in the appetizer round. Then, something lavishly sweet and something deliciously rare are used to make entrées. Finally, a $100 breakfast item is discovered in the dessert basket.

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Episode 14

Viewers' Vengeance

Tue, Nov 29, 2016 60 mins

A viewers' choice competition features extra difficult baskets. First, a creepy protein and a bloody soup for appetizers. Then, something hearty and something very hot are used in entrée dishes. Finally, pork in dessert dishes made with offal and atole.

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Episode 15

Entree Basket Blues

Thu, Dec 1, 2016 60 mins

Making canned ham tasty and cleaning mussels are two of the challenges in Round 1. Then, attempts are made to creatively mask the bright blue hue of one of the entrée basket ingredients. Finally, the chefs try to please the judges with their fruit-and-fries creations.

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Episode 16

Taco Time!

Thu, Dec 8, 2016 60 mins

The competing chefs get creative with tacos. Appetizer ingredients include tripe and mustard rabe. Then, Asian sauce and a beautiful protein are used to make entrées. Finally, inventive desserts are made with tortillas and Mexican chocolate.

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Episode 17

Sweet Heat

Tue, Dec 13, 2016 60 mins

The chefs are given something that's called pizza, but doesn't look or taste like the dish they know and love. Later, two proteins in the second round require special attention. Finally, desserts featuring chilies are served to the judges.

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Episode 18

Betting on the Farm

Thu, Dec 15, 2016 60 mins

Farm-fresh ingredients are featured in the baskets. Included: Appetizers are prepared with poultry and pickled chilies; the judges are eager to eat three lamb entrées, but worry fresh greens might be forgotten; and the finalists make some odd choices in the dessert round.

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Episode 19

Basket Buzz

Tue, Dec 27, 2016 60 mins

The first basket includes a giant circle of dough with a long history and veggies that look (but don't taste) like tiny watermelons. Then, chewy candy and sweet cheese are mandatory entrée ingredients. Finally, green leaves and blueberries present a colorful challenge.

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Episode 20

Wild Times

Thu, Dec 29, 2016 60 mins

Items that hunters and foragers might use are featured in this back-to-nature battle. Included: an aquatic wonder and a delicate flower in the appetizer round; an imposing root and a wild beast as mandatory entrée ingredients; and berries and butter for the sweet finish.

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