Full of energy and precocious abilities, four aspiring chefs take over the Chopped Kitchen and face a judging panel featuring actor Billy Gardell and The Kitchen's Marcela Valladolid and Geoffrey Zakarian. In the first round, they must tame the sweetness of some basket items. Pizza is a fine surprise in the entree round, but lamb loins stump some of the young competitors. Then, lemon curd and a fun retro candy get a spin for dessert.
Strange bagels and a strong paste are the featured ingredients in the appetizer round; fresh pasta sheets in the entree round; marshmallows for dessert.
The appetizer basket contains a creepy-crawly snack and fried onions; a canned product is met with disdain in the entree round; several super-sweet items find their way into the dessert basket.
Cookies and veggies are mandatory ingredients in the first round; the chefs are surprised to find a beautiful birthday cake in the entree round basket; for dessert, the chefs must marry salty with sweet.