The appetizer basket features a sea creature and a pretty, colorful veggie; a ballpark snack throws the chefs a curveball in the entree round; chilies in the dessert basket make the judges happy.
Four new highly skilled Grill Masters take over an outdoor Chopped kitchen in Napa Valley. Baked beans and lamb belly are two of the must-use ingredients in the first round. Then a seafood-heavy basket in the entrée round requires a great deal of work and creative thinking for the grillers. The two grill masters who move on to dessert run into trouble when one of the mystery ingredients shows a tendency to char quickly.
Another group of grillers get a chance to compete in California's beautiful Napa Valley! The grill masters pound away in the first round in an attempt to tenderize the basket's seafood protein. In second round, the chefs get the gift of beef, but will they focus so much on the beautiful rib eye that they neglect the other mandatory ingredients? Then, the final two chefs get some sweet surprises in the basket -- a chocolate trifle and poached pears.
Three grilling champs have already won a spot in the grand finale, and now a new group furiously competes for the final spot! In the appetizer round, the grill masters face some beautiful mushrooms and strong jam. Fish butchery and flavor balancing come into play in the entree round, and the chefs get a yummy cake in the dessert basket.
Comfort food king, fried chicken, gets the royal Chopped treatment for three rounds! A weird syrup and a savory pancake are two of the ingredients that the chefs must use in their fried bird appetizers. The poultry party continues in round two with fried chicken entrees that have to include peach cobbler, and what will be expected from the chefs in a fried chicken-themed dessert round?
The chefs scramble to make escargot work with the other ingredients in the first basket; the second round basket holds garlic knots; a light and airy cake in the dessert round puts the chefs in a focused and inspired mood.
In the first round, the chefs get some very rare hot dogs and an uncommon condiment; a tiny ingredient causes big problems for two of the competitors in the entree round; hot dog dessert challenge.
Four chefs tackle surprising ingredients, starting with dill pickle soup in the appetizer round and a weirdly spicy beer in the entrees. For dessert, they've got to use deceptively straightforward dough and sugar.
A group of teen chefs cook short ribs in the appetizer round; an already-cooked, artificially-colored ingredient seems to be the most difficult ingredient in the entree round; a pastry bag of pate a choux leaves the competitors puzzled.
Teams of twins face off; improbable eggs and incomplete crustaceans in the first-round basket; a royal-inspired meat product and a soda shop staple in the entree round; pastry dough in the dessert round.
Four teen winners compete in the grand finale; surf-and-turf in the appetizer; butchering skills; mango in the dessert basket.
A basket ingredient with a "secret" history and the fermented milk drink kefir are at the forefront of the appetizer round. The second basket looks to be deceptively simple, except for a strange blue drink. Then, something you wouldn't expect to find in a can is discovered in the dessert basket, and the last two chefs decide to go in a similar direction with their final plates.
In the first round, former winners make frog leg appetizers; the second round has the remaining chefs struggling to cook steak correctly; cooks rely on ready-made doughs from the pantry to help them with their cocoa powder and pear desserts.
Competitors find sardines in their baskets; an air of luxury is brought to the second round with ingredients including shortbreads; both final chefs want to make ice cream in the dessert round but may not have time to pull it off.
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