The Best Episodes of Chopped Canada
Last Updated: Apr 28, 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 - Some Skin in the Game
Season 1 - Episode 25
The chefs each show they've got some skin in the game with some excellent uses of epiderm in the appetizer round. One chef attempts the im-pasta-ble in the entree course. The chefs mustn't flake out over dried mashed potatoes and fennel in the dessert round.
#2 - One Flew Over the Cocoa's Nest
Season 1 - Episode 24
Four chefs stick their necks out when ostrich and lollipops make an appearance in the appetizer round. The entree makes for a wild time when chefs must mix a jiggly dessert with a gamey meat. It's a bit of a pickle for the two remaining chefs who must find a way to sneak a popular bar food into a prize winning dessert.
#3 - Everything But The Kitchen Sink
Season 2 - Episode 24
The chefs see red in the appetizer round when duck gizzards and sauerkraut are revealed. Everything but the kitchen sink is used in the entrée round. Salt, sweet and sweaty hits the pots for dessert.
#4 - When Life Hands You Lemonade
Season 1 - Episode 18
A sickeningly sweet canned good presents a challenge in the appetizer round as one young buck faces off against three seasoned chefs. Colorful candies and burdock root complicate the entree basket. In the dessert round, the last remaining chefs fight to keep their dreams from being squashed.
#5 - Every Round Has Its Thorns
Season 2 - Episode 9
Eggrolls and stilton cheese in the appetizer round; blood sausage and lemongrass are paired up.
#6 - 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.
#7 - The Sweet Taste of Success
Season 1 - Episode 11
This candy filled episode pits Quebec chefs against Ontario chefs in a heated battle for Chopped Canada Champion. Black licorice and candy coated chocolates cause sweet struggles in the first two rounds, while a basket of woodsy and spicy flavors turns things upside down when it comes time for dessert.
#8 - 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.
#9 - Crème de la Crop
Season 2 - Episode 12
A pork delicacy and a jarred delight jockey for position in the appetizer basket. Round two finds the chefs struggling with two Australian favourites in the entrée basket - sweet pavlova and spring lamb. A standard roast beef dinner accompaniment makes an appearance in the dessert round, confusing flavours even further with mint and pineapple.
#10 - 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.
#11 - Steaking Their Claim
Season 2 - Episode 8
Frog legs and cookies; cherry cheesecake; paneer and elderflower liqueur in round three.
#12 - 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?
#13 - 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.
#14 - For the Love of Cod
Season 1 - Episode 16
Cod tongues cause conniptions as three earnest chefs struggle to defeat a cocky contender who promised to quit cooking forever if he doesn't take home the Chopped Canada prize. In the dinner round, Calves Liver and Cupcakes are a pairing for despairing. It's a battle to the end as both chefs choose choux pastry as a foil for a cheese filled dessert.
#15 - 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.
#16 - How About Them Apples?
Season 2 - Episode 6
Italian soda, Thai noodles and Indian spice garam masala; frozen French fries and tuna steak.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - Fired Up
Season 4 - Episode 3
The flames burn higher when four fire fighters battle it out for the title of Chopped Canada champion. Judges: Susur Lee, Eden Grinshpan, Michael Smith Competitors: Ryan Brown from Toronto, ON Henri Persaud from Vancouver, BC Michael Varga from Port Moody, BC Scott Germain from Fort McMurray, AB
#20 - 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.
#21 - Fire In the Hole
Season 2 - Episode 13
Will one chef's dream of winning the $10,000 go up in flames? This sugar filled episode starts the chefs’ day off with an instant breakfast treat and maple butter in the appetizer round. It's anyone's game as pheasant is paired with a chocolate candy treat and vanilla beans in the entrée round. One chef make dollars from donuts in the dessert round.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - No Choking Around
Season 2 - Episode 15
Will an appetizer with a prickly vegetable cause our chefs to choke or will berries and bran muffins stump them in the entrée round? For dessert, ingredients from four corners of the earth have the chefs inventing new cuisine.