The WORST episodes of Chopped

Every episode of Chopped ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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: 1/28/2023Network:Food Network
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Casino Royale XL: Battle Four
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#1 - Casino Royale XL: Battle Four

Season 54 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/24/2023

With a spot in the tournament's grand finale at stake, the four chefs in this preliminary battle open their first basket to find something called "goat water." Then, a squirmy sea creature in the second basket doesn't seem like a keeper, but a risky switch could land something even worse. In the dessert round, an unpredictable moment leaves one chef awestruck, but it's anybody's guess how the competition will shake out after the last dishes are served.

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Gargantuan Surprises
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#2 - Gargantuan Surprises

Season 53 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/29/2022

In addition to the three mandatory ingredients in each basket, the competing chefs have to share a colossal fourth ingredient in every round. It's a shockingly big surprise that takes some getting used to.

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Buzzworthy Bizarre Baskets
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#3 - Buzzworthy Bizarre Baskets

Season 53 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/22/2022

The baskets are loaded up with ingredients that have the chefs shaking their heads in disbelief. The first basket features a cut of pork not available at the local supermarket, and the chefs contend with a wild stew and a savory cake in the entree round.

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Thankful for Teachers!
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#4 - Thankful for Teachers!

Season 53 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/15/2022

It's Thanksgiving and class is in session! Four beloved teachers get the chance to compete for the title of Chopped Champion. In the first Turkey Day basket, they find something fried and something shaped like a pumpkin.

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Social Showdown
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#5 - Social Showdown

Season 53 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/1/2022

They may be hot on social media, but four online cooking stars have to prove they have what it takes to compete in the Chopped kitchen. The appetizer round proves tough for one competitor, who runs into trouble with the mussels in the basket.

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Tiny But Mighty
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#6 - Tiny But Mighty

Season 53 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/25/2022

The chefs turn dainty ingredients into petite dishes that don't skimp on taste, presentation or creativity. Tiny sausages and an adorable breakfast item show up in the appetizer basket, and the dessert round includes an unusual berry and a baby vegetable.

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Good Chop, Bad Chop
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#7 - Good Chop, Bad Chop

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/21/2012

With canned spiced ham in the first basket the chefs must stay determined if they want to elevate their dishes. Lake perch is the catch of the entree round. What will the judges think of one chef's unorthodox decision with the avocados? A French bakery staple makes for a buttery surprise in the final basket.

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Ready, Set, Escargot!
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5.25
4 votes

#8 - Ready, Set, Escargot!

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/10/2012

Snails are the first order of business in the Chopped kitchen. Can the competitors make escargot go with red jalapenos? A mishap with a paper towel leads to a dangerous situation at one chef's station. With Chinese eggplant and ground lamb in the entree basket, three chefs all choose a similar direction for their dishes. Then two very driven finalists compete to make great desserts from garnet yams and roasted noodles.

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Plenty of Fish
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5.25
4 votes

#9 - Plenty of Fish

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/16/2012

In the first round, the chefs do their best to delicately cook a familiar fish, as they struggle to decide what to do with a tiny, Indian gourd. A smelly fish product in the second basket leaves the competitors taking risks with lutefisk that they hope will pay off. Then the two remaining chefs hustle to put together their final dishes, but can they create genuine desserts out of Chinese sausage and baby eggplants?

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Bird in the Pan
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5.40
5 votes

#10 - Bird in the Pan

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/27/2012

In the appetizer round, three out of the four chefs make a similar choice with a tricky basket ingredient: Will the fourth chef's different approach work in his favor? Then for the entrees, the competitors attempt to make delicious Cornish hen dishes, knowing that a nicely cooked bird in the pan could be worth a trip to the final round. And in the dessert round, neither the judges nor the chefs have any idea what to expect on the plates after a wild fiasco with the ice cream machine.

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Chewing the Caul Fat
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5.40
5 votes

#11 - Chewing the Caul Fat

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/14/2012

As the clock ticks down on the first round, one chef gets into a pickle with the pickle juice. Then in the entrée round the chefs must figure out something savvy to do with Savoy cabbage and a curious web of fat. And a very competitive final round - featuring edible flowers - results in a daring dash for the ice cream machine.

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Thirsty for Victory
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5.50
8 votes

#12 - Thirsty for Victory

Season 13 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/11/2012

Appetizer: lump crabmeat and ice cream cones Entree: a sports drink. Dessert: carob syrup and spaghetti squash.

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Chopped Champs Throwdown: Battle 4
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5.55
11 votes

#13 - Chopped Champs Throwdown: Battle 4

Season 39 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/30/2018

Four returning Chopped champions compete for a chance to make it to the grand finale to fight for $50,000. In the first round, the chefs contend with a basket that includes tiny, infuriatingly time-consuming eggs and a Moroccan meat. Red snapper in the entree basket must be filleted in a snap, and pastries and pops in the dessert basket challenge the two remaining competitors.

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Chopped Family Feud
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5.75
4 votes

#14 - Chopped Family Feud

Season 16 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/11/2013

In a Chopped first, two pairs of brothers compete to see which chef family prevails. In the first round, the competitors must come up with oodles of ideas for falooda noodles. In the entree down, the judges watch eagerly to see how the three plates of steak and cinnamon rolls will turn out. With family pride and bragging rights looming large, the last two chefs must make desserts from a Greek pudding and a Japanese candy.

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Wasted!
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5.83
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#15 - Wasted!

Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/13/2013

In this competition, the baskets are full of usually-discarded food scraps. In the first round the chefs must contend with herb stems and what is left of a filleted fish. Then the competitors open the baskets to find eyes on potatoes looking back at them. And the two chefs left in the dessert round must make yummy sweets from the least desirable part of the bread and the least juicy part of the orange.

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All-Stars Tournament: Part 1
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5.83
6 votes

#16 - All-Stars Tournament: Part 1

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/6/2011

Part 1 of 5. Fan favorites from "Next Food Network Star" begin competing for charity. Mystery ingredients include pound cake; calf's liver; an unusually bitter vegetable; and a small game bird.

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Can't Catch Me, I'm the Gingerbread Lobster!
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5.90
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#17 - Can't Catch Me, I'm the Gingerbread Lobster!

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/6/2011

It's holiday time on Chopped! The competitors are challenged to stay in the spirit of the season throughout the meal. In the appetizer round the chefs, not-so-gingerly, take down some gingerbread houses. And adrenaline runs so high that one chef does not realize that something has gone very wrong with his dish until it is too late. Then in the entrée round, a prized piece of meat and a beautiful vegetable have the makings of a great main dish, but a sweet surprise in the basket may present "ye old yuletide" pitfall for the chefs. And when the finalists find an often-disparaged holiday classic in the dessert basket, who will be able to elevate the ingredient and be on their merry way with $10,000?

My Way
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5.91
11 votes

#18 - My Way

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/9/2011

Time starts now! In the first round the chefs try to figure out how to make a pretty fruit work with two different seafood ingredients. And the judges wonder how the chefs' unique experiences will come into play. Then, time is not on the competitors' side in the entrée round. Two competitors are unhappy that they undercooked one of the mystery ingredients, while the other chef says it was a deliberate choice to have undercooked a second basket item. And in the dessert round, a Chopped first: soup in the mystery basket! There is no way to make borscht desserts boring. But will they be good?

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Own It!
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6.00
6 votes

#19 - Own It!

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/17/2012

Four chef/entrepreneurs have something to prove in the Chopped kitchen. In the first round, will their hearts sink when they see hearts of palm and rabbit escabeche in the basket? And a curious ingredient substitution leaves the judges perplexed. Then three chefs fight to make goat chops a great main dish ... or risk being chopped. And it's crunch time for two finalists, when they must make dessert using blue corn tortilla chips.

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Raw Enthusiasm
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6.00
5 votes

#20 - Raw Enthusiasm

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/16/2010

The chefs must use raw oysters in their appetizers; a rare fruit in their entrées; and miso in their desserts.

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Grill Masters: Memphis
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6.00
3 votes

#21 - Grill Masters: Memphis

Season 38 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/14/2018

Four chefs who live and breathe Memphis-style barbecue compete for a coveted spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale, facing off against champions from Texas, North Carolina and Kansas City. Tennessee tradition abounds in the first basket, which includes a creative take on a messy, shareable comfort food, and the chefs are stunned to see a gigantic sandwich in the second basket. Peaches in the dessert basket seem like a gift, but will the last two Memphis-style chefs be able to make them shine on their plates?

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First Things Worst
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6.07
14 votes

#22 - First Things Worst

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/11/2010

It's up to the judges to determine whichchef fell short.

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Blood Orange Sorbet, Sweat, & Tears
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6.09
11 votes

#23 - Blood Orange Sorbet, Sweat, & Tears

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/8/2011

The chefs hope that their breakfast sausage appetizer will awaken the judges' senses. And as he explains why he loves to cook, one competitor breaks down. Then in the second round, a frozen dessert puts a chill in the chefs' plans to create delicious fish entrees. And the finalists must make sweet fruit work with sour beer in their desserts.

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Walk on the Whelk Side
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6.13
8 votes

#24 - Walk on the Whelk Side

Season 16 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/6/2013

A wild first basket, including whelk snails and lemon bars, has the chefs battling the clock to create delicious dishes. And in the entree round, the chefs all bring their personal styles to their plates in a notable way in their lamb shawarma dishes. Then cucumber salad is a cumbersome ingredient for the finalists' desserts.

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Give It Your All
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6.20
10 votes

#25 - Give It Your All

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/15/2011

It's Thanksgiving in the Chopped kitchen and four chefs are giving it all they have. Things start off on a sweet note, with maple syrup in the appetizer basket. Then when the chefs get an ingredient in the entrée round that is more popular as a decoration than as a food, will they be able to make the beautiful, edible? And after cooking with some traditional turkey day favorites in the last round, the two finalists hope the judges will want to gobble, gobble up their desserts.

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