10 Best Episodes of Chopped

Hosted by Ted Allen, Chopped is a high energy, fast paced cooking competition that challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. After each course, a contestant gets "chopped" by our panel of esteemed culinary luminaries until the last man or woman left standing claims victory.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 06, 2023.

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Chopped - S51E2

#15 - Casino Royale: Battle 1 (Season 51 - Episode 2)

Chopped is always a gamble, but the Casino Royale tournament allows competitors to replace basket ingredients with a roll of the dice; in the first round, something slithery is in the basket, and a Vegas-themed item in round two isn't a big hit.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 10 votes.

Chopped - S53E1

#14 - Grilling on the Edge (Season 53 - Episode 1)


Four chefs with a talent for live-fire cooking bring their passion to the Chopped kitchen. Second-guessing in round two leaves one chef confused about the main protein, and the two finalists must make dessert plates that include a dough and a fancy fruit.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 13 votes.

Chopped - S47E6

#13 - Pancake Panic (Season 47 - Episode 6)

The competing chefs get a ton of sugar in the first basket in the form of a breakfast classic with a twist, and the level of cooking in the entre round seems extraordinary as the chefs excitedly dig into a seven-layer dip. In the dessert round, the remaining chefs are happy to see loquats in the basket, but ice cream machine drama threatens their plans.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 13 votes.

Chopped - S35E6

#12 - The Beets Go On (Season 35 - Episode 6)


The chefs bake pre-made dough and try to figure out the best plan for including a Persian hot dog stew in their dishes; a prized seafood and a floral component; competitors discover beets and a classic French dessert in the final basket.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 29 votes.

Chopped - S51E4

#11 - Casino Royale: Battle 3 (Season 51 - Episode 4)

In this third battle of the tournament, the chefs can gamble to get lucky or unlucky replacement ingredients. The appetizer basket reveals a notoriously challenging ingredient, and the final round chefs decide to take a chance by baking something.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 11 votes.

Chopped - S47E3

#10 - Soup and Sandwich Savvy (Season 47 - Episode 3)


The competing chefs are challenged to make a scrumptious soup-and-sandwich duo for every round. In the appetizer round, they set out to make dunkable, slurpable creations while utilizing an unusual egg in the basket. In round two, duck bones in the basket seem to hint at the competitors making a stock, but they're short on time. The last two competitors break into a dessert basket that includes prunes in a form the chefs wouldn't ordinarily consume.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 10 votes.

Chopped - S47E1

#9 - Pass the Popcorn Shoots (Season 47 - Episode 1)

The competing chefs attack an appetizer basket that includes a classic Italian sauce and a simple sandwich. A popcorn product not available at movie theaters plays a starring role in round two, and the final two chefs attempt to make incredible final plates with the bouncy cake and sweet wine they find in the dessert basket.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 13 votes.

Chopped - S5E6

#8 - $50,000 Tournament: Part 3 (Season 5 - Episode 6)


Four previous winners return and compete for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. They must use sweetbreads in their appetizers; a spiny seafood in their entrΓ©es; and pickles in their desserts.

The episode was rated 8.33 from 12 votes.

Chopped - S56E1

#7 - All-American Showdown: West (Season 56 - Episode 1)

Renowned chefs from across America compete in a five-part tournament extravaganza; in this preliminary battle, four culinary greats from the West face off, starting with an appetizer basket that includes a prized fish and a popular pepper.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 10 votes.

Chopped - S46E6

#6 - Time and Turmoil (Season 46 - Episode 6)


Four daring competitors are up against the clock to come up with amazing appetizers using a cheesy creation in the first basket. A red spread and dried fish are two of the surprises the chefs must make sense of in round two, and a citrus food and an unusual seaweed snack must be combined in the desserts.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 10 votes.

Chopped - S52E11

#5 - Desperately Seeking Sous-Chef: Battle 4 (Season 52 - Episode 11)

Four chefs are aiming high as they attempt to impress Chopped judges Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Chris Santos, who are desperately looking for sous-chefs, but they won't settle for anything less than the perfect candidate. In this fourth preliminary battle of the tournament, the chefs open the appetizer basket and find a special seafood item that Scott knows very well. In the entree round, the chefs gain some confidence as they work with an Asian street food and a sugary soft drink. In the dessert round, Maneet is eager to see how the chefs use one of her favorite ingredients. If they can balance flavors, they might win her favor. The victorious chef from this battle will move on to the tournament's finale.

The episode was rated 8.58 from 12 votes.

Chopped - S48E3

#4 - Grudge Match: Battle 3 (Season 48 - Episode 3)


In this phenomenal battle, Chopped legends Scott Conant, Maneet Chauhan and Marc Murphy are joined by smack-talking champ Stephen Coe to face off for a chance at the $100,000 finale! In the first round, incorporating a sweet, doughy breakfast item into an amazing appetizer is part of the challenge. A clever fusion food in the entree basket has the potential to bring crunch and flavor to the dishes, and will the edible Zen garden in the final basket bring peace and tranquility to the dessert round? With such fierce competitors gunning for victory, it's doubtful!

The episode was rated 8.75 from 12 votes.

Chopped - S48E1

#3 - Grudge Match: Battle 1 (Season 48 - Episode 1)

A $100,000 grand prize is up for grabs in this extraordinary five-part tournament event, featuring some of the most brilliant stars of the game. In this preliminary battle, defeated culinary heavyweights return with a score to settle, and one ambitious champion runs into two major problems toward the end of the first round. Something stinky in the entree basket has the competitors nervous, and after both remaining champs cook their hearts out in dessert, the judges have a gut-wrenching decision to make.

The episode was rated 8.90 from 10 votes.

Chopped - S48E2

#2 - Grudge Match: Battle 2 (Season 48 - Episode 2)


In this spectacular battle of the judges, four Chopped deities -- Amanda Freitag, Marcus Samuelsson, Chris Santos and Tiffani Faison -- bring an intensity to the kitchen that has never been seen before. With their sights set on making it to the tournament's $100,000 finale, the judge-competitors open the appetizer basket and find a strange fish dish and some tiny exotic fruits. A pizza topped with something wild is the star ingredient in the entree basket, and a vegetable disguised as a meat is a treat in the dessert basket. A riveting final elimination will leave only one Chopped titan jubilant.

The episode was rated 9.00 from 10 votes.

Chopped - S48E4

#1 - Grudge Match: Battle 4 (Season 48 - Episode 4)

Four champions who were previously defeated by Chopped judges return to the kitchen, hungrier than ever to take down everyone in their paths and win a $100,000 grand prize. Big stakes, little fish: sardines are the main protein in the champs' appetizer basket, and a jiggly mustard-flavored surprise threatens to throw the chefs off their game in the second round. Then, in the dessert round, two chefs must try to make something magical using unicorn milkshakes.

The episode was rated 9.18 from 11 votes.

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