The BEST episodes of Chopped

Every episode of Chopped ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The 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.

Last Updated: 6/12/2024Network: Food NetworkStatus: Continuing
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Trash into Treasure
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10.00
2 votes

#1 - Trash into Treasure

Season 58 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/9/2024

The Chopped competitors take on ingredients that would usually be thrown away in hopes of turning edible trash into culinary treasures. In the appetizer round, all four chefs have zero reservations about the zero-waste theme, and they have big plans for the shrimp-centric basket. Then, a leftover dish and ignored vegetable tops create a culinary puzzle in the entrée round, and the two finalists make wise use of expired milk before time expires in the dessert round.

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Fry of the Beholder
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1 votes

#2 - Fry of the Beholder

Season 54 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/5/2023

The chefs must fry and fly as they use the deep fryer or air fryer to make crispy, creative cuisine. First round jitters affect the chefs as they rush to fry up appetizers, and it's unclear whether everyone will remember to plate every basket ingredient.

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Battle Italiano: Finale
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1 votes

#3 - Battle Italiano: Finale

Season 59 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/28/2024

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!

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Battle Italiano: Tuscany
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#4 - Battle Italiano: Tuscany

Season 59 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/21/2024

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!

Battle Italiano: Veneto
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1 votes

#5 - Battle Italiano: Veneto

Season 59 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/7/2024

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!

Battle Italiano: Puglia
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1 votes

#6 - Battle Italiano: Puglia

Season 59 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/14/2024

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.

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9.64
36 votes

#7 - Chopped Chops

Season 20 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/18/2014

Frog leg fest: The chefs open the first basket to find the French delicacy and some fine fungi. Then in the entree round, some little beans and big pork chops cause the competitors difficulties. And one of the finalists decides to take the cheese in the basket and use it in an ice cream. Will it work?

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Reality TV Stars
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9.63
35 votes

#8 - Reality TV Stars

Season 22 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/17/2015

Reality stars Renee Graziano (Mob Wives), Travis Lofland (Deadliest Catch), Amy Roloff (Little People, Big World) and Kathy Wakile (Real Housewives of New Jersey) are ready for battle in the Chopped Kitchen. They'll have to tackle biscuit dough, vegetable cream cheese and cherry pie filling if they're going to take home $10,000 for their favorite charity.

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Wild Ride
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9.62
34 votes

#9 - Wild Ride

Season 24 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/3/2015

Fun at the carnival is the theme for this special Chopped competition. In a sign of what's to come, the chefs open the first basket to find that two out of the four ingredients are deep-fried. An outrageous sundae is the centerpiece of the second basket, but it's the deep-fried ravioli that causes trouble for one competitor. Then, after a wild final round, the judges face an unprecedented dilemma.

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Ultimate Champions: Celebrities
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9.60
35 votes

#10 - Ultimate Champions: Celebrities

Season 21 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/16/2014

Four Chopped Champions from the world of entertainment and sports compete for the last spot in the $50,000 finale. In the appetizer round, the celebrity champs find a peculiar type of flour and sweet tea in the baskets. Then a can of soup in the entree round causes various issues for the competitors. And the judges taste banana paste and cream cheese desserts before deciding on the last finalist.

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Family Affair
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9.58
38 votes

#11 - Family Affair

Season 26 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/15/2015

A mom, dad, son and aunt who work in the same restaurant meet in the Chopped Kitchen, where it's every chef for themselves. In the first round, one family member's grill pan gets taken over by two relatives. In the entree round, chicken breasts seem like an easy protein to work with, but how will the chefs fare with the other mystery ingredients? The final two family members make desserts using dried fruit and a very sweet cake.

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Money Saver
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9.56
36 votes

#12 - Money Saver

Season 21 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/13/2015

The chefs learn that there is a "money saver" theme for this special competition: Ingredients in each basket will not exceed $10, but the chefs' dishes are still expected to look and taste like a million bucks. In the first round, a meatless basket has some of the chefs searching for protein in the pantry. Then various levels of creativity are one of the factors that the judges consider while analyzing three ham-steak entrees. And the dessert basket, including chocolate chips, seems deceptively simple.

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Ultimate Champions: Amateur Champs
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9.54
35 votes

#13 - Ultimate Champions: Amateur Champs

Season 21 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/2/2014

Some of the most beloved amateur winners return to the Chopped Kitchen for a shot to compete in the $50,000 finale. In the appetizer round the competitors must use salsa and cheese blintzes in their culinary masterpieces. Then as the entree round gets started, an off-balance tug-of-war over a piece of equipment has everybody laughing, except for the chef who loses the fight. And grapefruit is among the loot the last two champs find in the dessert basket.

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Liver and Learn
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9.53
36 votes

#14 - Liver and Learn

Season 17 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/1/2013

The chefs receive calves' livers and ranch dressing in the first round, and the judges watch as four appetizers come together in 20 minutes. Then in the entree round, a small bird and a citrusy spice make for an interesting combination. And will hot sauce be a hit in the finalists' desserts?

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All-Stars Tournament: Part 4
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9.53
36 votes

#15 - All-Stars Tournament: Part 4

Season 24 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/19/2015

There's just one more spot in the Grand Finale up for grabs, and Rocco DiSpirito, Jet Tila, Fabio Viviani and Lee Anne Wong all want it. The All-Stars open the appetizer baskets and find a succulent seafood and an Asian pastry. In the entree round, the chefs will need to get creative in order to cook a perfect piece of beef in time. And some fish-shaped snacks meet crystals that pop in the dessert round.

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Thrill of the Grill
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9.53
36 votes

#16 - Thrill of the Grill

Season 22 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/23/2015

The chefs learn that they must grill something in each round of this competition. For their appetizers, the chefs discover watermelon and wine coolers in the basket. A beautiful cut of beef and tedious-to-prep beans await the chefs who make it to the second round. A cone of sugar and a pitcher of lemonade are two of the fun items found in the dessert basket.

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Chopped, Again!
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9.51
39 votes

#17 - Chopped, Again!

Season 23 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/27/2015

It's a second chance at victory, for four losing chefs seeking redemption. After the chefs make skate and pomegranate molasses appetizers, one chef must endure the indignity of being the first chef re-chopped. In the entree round, the competitors work with a boozy ice cream and an amusingly-named British pudding. In the dessert round, a German tart is a good start.

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Short Order Cooks
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9.50
36 votes

#18 - Short Order Cooks

Season 21 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/30/2014

Four fourth and fifth graders attempt to stand tall in the Chopped Kitchen! The mini culinary artists find a very kid-friendly ingredient in the first basket: cotton candy. In the second round, the judges are thoroughly impressed by the three remaining little cooks, who are seeking to make delicious entrees from pizza dough and a bitter green. And an exciting dessert round features brownie mix as one of the mystery ingredients.

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Big Barbecue Bout
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9.50
36 votes

#19 - Big Barbecue Bout

Season 23 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/16/2015

It's a battle for all the carnivores, celebrating the art of barbecue in the Chopped Kitchen. In the first basket, the chefs find a regional barbecue sauce and jumbo shrimp. In round two, the chefs scramble to make delicious pork spare ribs entree. After two savory barbecue courses, the last two chefs must make sweet and hearty desserts with bananas and coconuts.

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Mac and Cheese
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9.47
38 votes

#20 - Mac and Cheese

Season 25 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/1/2015

In this competition, every round features the food pair with a powerful bond — macaroni and cheese! The competitors come out strong in the appetizer round with sophisticated mac and cheese dishes that include Swiss chard. Then in the entree round, when one chef leaves cheese out of their dish, will it add up to approval from the judges? And a time-crunch in the dessert round leaves one of the chefs dashing to get all components on the plate.

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9.46
37 votes

#21 - First Responders

Season 23 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/14/2015

Police officers and paramedics with culinary chops are in the Chopped Kitchen. In the first round, the contestants respond to a basket with hummus chips and ground bison. In the second round, they must jump into action and figure out how to make fiery jawbreakers work with rotisserie chicken. And angel food cake in the final basket is apropos.

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Hot Stuff
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9.46
37 votes

#22 - Hot Stuff

Season 22 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/2/2015

Will the chefs think the "chilified" baskets in this special competition are too hot to handle? In the first round the heat is on with habanero peppers. In the entree round, the competitors must work with one of the hottest peppers known to man, in beef jerky form. And the finalists must find a way to balance spice and sugar in their desserts.

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Judges' Face-Off
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9.45
40 votes

#23 - Judges' Face-Off

Season 23 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/9/2015

It's a friendly competition between friends, when the Chopped judges face off with baskets containing leftover ingredients. In the appetizer round, the chefs must turn tuna noodle casserole into something new. Rice left in a pan and soup saved for later are two of the ingredients in the entree basket. In the dessert round, leftover cake must be turned into something innovative and delicious.

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Ultimate Champions: Pros
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9.42
38 votes

#24 - Ultimate Champions: Pros

Season 21 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/26/2014

Four distinct groups of champs will return to the Chopped Kitchen: professionals, amateurs, heroes and celebrities, all leading up to a grand finale where one chef will seize the biggest prize in Chopped history: $50,000 and a new car! In this initial battle, four stellar professionals fight to see who will represent the pros in the finale. They have to wrangle and cook eels and figure out what to do with a super salty veggie for their appetizers. Then in the entree round, the champs have to work with a bird and a soda. And a special cheese and a creepy chocolate item appear in the dessert basket.

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Haricot Flair
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9.40
40 votes

#25 - Haricot Flair

Season 20 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/28/2014

Yes, we have no bananas! But we do have banana blossoms in the first basket and four women competing! The three chefs who make it to the entree round must work with a notoriously stinky ingredient. And will a colorful ingredient in the last basket prompt the finalists to sprinkle a little fun on to their desserts?

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