The Best Episodes of Chopped Canada
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2018
American favorite ``Chopped'' heads north of the border to Canada with a familiar format and new host, Toronto native Dean McDermott, perhaps best known as being the husband of actress Tori Spelling and co-star of the ``Tori & Dean'' reality TV franchise. Each episode of ``Chopped Canada'' challenges four professional chefs to turn boxes of mystery ingredients into a three-course meal in a race against the clock. Each course serves as its own round in the competition, and the chef with the least-successful dish -- as determined by a panel of judges -- is eliminated after each round. The chef who comes out on top following the dessert round wins $10,000 and the title of ``Chopped Canada'' champion.
#1 - Pressed for Ham
Season 1 - Episode 21
The chefs are hard pressed to impress in this appetizer round that combined canned ham and kohlrabi. Three remaining chefs give us something to "root" for when they combine bacon and bok choy. Ultimately one chef will "beet" out a victory with pound cake, candy and marjoram.
#2 - It's a Halva Day
Season 2 - Episode 3
Four female chefs brave the baskets for a shot at the prize; salmon cakes abound in round one.
#3 - Snakes and Batters
Season 1 - Episode 19
One chef gets skewered by candy rolls and beef loin in the appetizer round. Chefs get a leg up in the dinner round. The dessert round poses a hot date with destiny for the remaining two chefs.
#4 - Ramp It Up!
Season 1 - Episode 8
It's do(nut) or die as the chefs ramp up for the first round. Octopus challenges the chefs to come up with three very different entrees, but ultimately, it's all about the pastry as the final chefs face off to create a dessert that will save them from the chopping block.
#5 - A Wing and a Prayer
Season 1 - Episode 13
It's a battle of the wings in round one as the chefs jockey for a spot at the fryer and one chef's chicken is well underdone. There's a lot at stake when three chefs try to combine a traditional Japanese vegetable with a classic childhood snack. An ambitious dessert effort impresses the judges, but will it hold up?
#6 - Clams, Lamb, Thank You Ma'am
Season 1 - Episode 7
Clams prove surprisingly difficult in the first round for these four chefs. Kimchi strikes a tangy note in the entree round, but a bold use of this one ingredient cannot make up for the quality of others. Durian for dessert is a welcome, but stinky, challenge for two chefs whose inventiveness knows no bounds.
#7 - The Young and the Timeless
Season 1 - Episode 17
Chefs stumble over simple ingredients when cheese puffs and chicken legs make an early appearance. In the entree round the canned version of an elegant seafood confounds, and one chef surprises us with a mobile pan-try. Ultimately, it's a fig of a time for the remaining to chefs as they struggle to transform corn dogs and prosciutto into a delectable dessert.
#8 - How About Them Apples?
Season 2 - Episode 6
Italian soda, Thai noodles and Indian spice garam masala; frozen French fries and tuna steak.
#9 - Taken out by Takeout
Season 2 - Episode 11
Greek salad and beef pho in the appetizer round; a drive-thru staple in the second round.
#10 - That Wascally Wabbit
Season 1 - Episode 23
In a battle of the young versus the seasoned, four chefs face off to win the $10,000 prize. A strong appetizer round with escargot and onion rings leaves the judges wondering who should be chopped. Things heat up in the dinner round as one chef's rabbit is underdone and another's is cooked to a crisp. In the dessert round it's the duck that's laid the golden egg as one chef pulls ahead to win the race.
#11 - You Can't Win If You Don't Plate
Season 1 - Episode 10
A common breakfast ingredient causes the chefs to fritter away time and key ingredients miss making the plate. Miso paste challenges the palate in a salty entree basket and an eel of a surprise in the dessert round leaves the chefs looking for inventive ways to present old favorites.
#12 - Just Desserts
Season 1 - Episode 5
In this cavity-inducing episode of Chopped Canada, a different childhood sweet appears in each basket. Our four chefs must really dig deep as they look to marry candy and fish, duck and snack cakes and relish and graham crackers in this sweet episode.
#13 - The Proof Is in the Pudding
Season 1 - Episode 1
The chefs hash it out over mac and cheese loaf and one chef's appetizer is a cut above the rest. Popcorn spices things up in the entree round where all three chefs struggle to marry some unusual ingredients. In the dessert round, the proof is in the butterscotch pudding as the chefs mirror each other's desserts.
#14 - In a Pig's Ear
Season 2 - Episode 4
Pigs' ears and poblano peppers; beef hearts and turkey breast appear together in the entree basket.
#15 - Slippery When Wet
Season 1 - Episode 12
A lunch lady, a dinner theater chef, a prodigal daughter and a small town cook with big city dreams battle to prove they are worthy of the title of Chopped Canada Champion. The chefs are dealt a slippery hand as they must work with smelts and smoky eel.
#16 - Viewers' Choice: Land, Sea, Air
Season 2 - Episode 5
Prairie oysters and ketchup chips; gefilte fish and squid ink; the dessert round, wings.
#17 - Offal to the Races
Season 1 - Episode 9
Strawberry and sausage stump four fabulous chefs in the appetizer round. An offal entree basket sets one chef apart from the rest, but will it be enough to survive the chopping block and win it all? A marriage of marzipan and tarragon brings things to a brittle finish!
#18 - The Spruce is Loose
Season 1 - Episode 20
One chef finds himself in hot water when mussels and mushrooms appear in the appetizer round. A beverage from the space age makes for a sweet surprise in the dinner round. The chefs spruce things up in the dessert round with plantains and palm sugar.
#19 - The Trouble with Tuile
Season 1 - Episode 6
Chefs squabble for first place in the appetizer round and chemistry finds its way into the kitchen. A creative use of rambutan sets one chef apart from the rest in the entree round. Will experience trump ingenuity when it comes to incorporating radishes and feta cheese in a showstopping dessert?
#20 - The World Is Your Lobster
Season 2 - Episode 25
The chefs compete to be a Lob-Star in the appetizer round. Tenderness doesn’t come easy when the chefs are faced with pot roast. It’s a blast from the past when ice cream parlour favourite roars into the dessert round.
#21 - Slaying the Dragonfruit
Season 1 - Episode 14
Four chefs dig deep to fight the dragon as an exotic fruit rears its head in the appetizer round. Things get a bit fishy as the chefs are handed a sweet, cheesy basket for the entrée round. One chef chooses rhyme over reason as he boozes it up, while another leaves his beer on ice for the final showdown.
#22 - Sauce on the Side
Season 3 - Episode 1
Complex cooking and keeping it simple are two different strategies taken by the chefs vying for the top prize. Included: Finger fruit proves challenging in the appetizer round.
#23 - Disheveled Until Dessert
Season 1 - Episode 2
Four chefs find themselves in a pickle at the start of this episode. Competition heats up in the entree round as one chef gets the cold (pork) shoulder. A boozy basket yields two spectacular desserts, leaving the judges with a very difficult decision.
#24 - Batter Battle
Season 3 - Episode 2
It's a battle with batter in the appetizer round; a big fish is the main ingredient in the entrée round; and a peachy dessert determines the winner.