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The stakes will be big, but the competitors small as junior chefs ages 10 to 14 compete for a chance to earn the title of Chopped Junior Champion on the new series Chopped Junior, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8|7c. They bring their unbridled energy, limitless talent and big personalities to the Chopped kitchen. Like in regular Chopped, $10,000 is on the line, but only one kid can win the monetary prize. In addition to the regular judges, renowned chefs and celebrities will take seats behind the judges' table, including Sam Kass, Sam Talbot, Michelle Bernstein, Martha Stewart, Laila Ali, Valerie Bertinelli, Mila Kunis and Hayden Panettiere.
Neatness is always important in plating, but with sloppy joes as a mandatory ingredient in the first round, the judges -- food blogger Siri Daly, actress Cheryl Hines, and chef Geoffrey Zakarian -- must excuse some sloppiness! A red pesto and some white turnips keep things interesting in the entree round, then a yummy bacon apple pie is found in the dessert basket.
When the young chefs must butcher and cook snakes in the appetizer round, will they be too squeamish to let their skills shine through? In the entrée round, a dense oddball of a cake must be worked into lamb shoulder dishes. Then, the last precious seconds of the round are a show of desperation and cooperation as the finalists are challenged to make creative, caffeinated desserts for the judges.
A three and a half-pound peanut butter cup and a too-hot griddle create problems; an enviable cut of pork and a strong-flavored candy are two of the gifts in the entree basket; the final round showcases a gooey skillet of pink sweetness.
The competitors find a birds' nest in the first basket; in the entree round, the chefs learn a new word for a specific type of chicken and must hustle to get it cooked through; killer kiwi desserts.
Junior chefs find an everything donut and a pickled pork product in the appetizer basket; chefs find venison in the entree round; chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and David Guas and NFL player DeMarcus Ware decide who will bring home the prize.
Costumed competitors deal with a mystery vial; spicy mummies serve as weird surprises in the first round; the chefs dig into a spooky casserole in the entree round; Scott Conant, event planner Jackie Sorkin and actress Michelle Trachtenberg judge.
Chefs encounter pigs' ears and potatoes as they work to impress chefs Katie Lee and Chris Santos and actor Alan Thicke; soup and a can of truffles make for a strange basket in the entree round; the dessert round brings monkey bread and queso fresco.
Chefs encounter a seafood challenge and a healthy frozen dessert in the first round; a pork chop plate in round two; rainbow pancake dishes in the dessert round; TV host Debbie Matenopoulos and chefs Chris Santos and Dale Talde judge.
Chefs use duck and wild-flavored cupcakes in the first round; cooks receive snapper in the entree basket; a playful pie and a tart surprise for chefs in the dessert round; chef Scott Conant, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and chef Jamika Pessoa judge.
Ted Allen (Host)
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