Chopped Junior - Episode Guide
Duck, Duck, Chopped!
Season 8 - October 29, 2019
The junior chefs must remain fierce and focused in order to tackle mussels in the appetizer round and impress the judges, including guest Bailee Madison. Then they attempt to make incredible duck entrees, but one cook's dish comes up short. Finally, the Chopped Junior Kitchen may never be the same after peanut butter cookie lasagna appears in the dessert round basket.
Basket Bon Voyage
Season 8 - October 1, 2019
Four talented kid chefs set out on a virtual culinary tour, with each mystery basket containing ingredients from a European country. The junior chefs begin their tour with a stint in Italy in round one, and German adventures in the entree round challenge the kids to figure out what to do with apfelstrudel. In the dessert round, the remaining young chefs try to awaken the judges' senses with English breakfast tea.
Season 8 - September 24, 2019
Ambitious young chefs put their skills to the test, starting with an appetizer round featuring Texas toast. In round two, guest judge Anthony Anderson keeps the kids laughing as they contend with wacky ingredients like corn on the cob lemonade. The two competitors left standing in the final round go all out to make show-stopping desserts with movie theater popcorn.
Slime the Competition
Season 8 - September 17, 2019
Anything can happen in the Chopped Junior Kitchen -- including close encounters of the reptilian kind! Alligator tenderloin in the appetizer basket is a bit of a shock, but it's nothing these clever young competitors can’t handle as they try to impress the judges, including guest Clinton Kelly. Edible slime in the entree basket brings a giggle and hopefully something nice to the cooks' main dishes. Finally, milk and cereal with a twist make for a whimsical, tasty dessert round.
Cookie Jar Spar
Season 8 - September 10, 2019
When the junior chefs unpack pickle-flavored cotton candy in their appetizer baskets, it's anyone's guess how the round will unfold. In the second round, they must dip into cookie jars to discover sweet ingredients for their entrees and impress the judges, including guest Nikki Bella. Finally, a stinky soda and a crunchy treat await the feisty final competitors in the dessert round.
Season 8 - September 3, 2019
Four young cooking dynamos try to impress the judges, including guest Jessica Alba, with their appetizers that include beef tongue. The entree basket pairs a sweet orange cream smoothie with some savoury favorites, and the last two competitors try to turn a giant lollipop and an odd sandwich into a winning dessert.
Season 7 - August 27, 2019
When the junior chefs encounter alarmingly outlandish surprises in every basket, will working with weird ingredients stop them from cooking at their best? A swamp special must be combined with a spicy frozen dessert in the appetizer round. Peppers and puffer fish tails are in the entree basket. Finally, the kid chefs get a Scandinavian pancake for a dessert-round shocker. Food Network Star finalist Martita Jara guest judges with chefs Marcus Samuelsson and George Mendes.
Grillin' and Chillin'
Season 6 - May 23, 2017
In this grilling competition judged by singer Jessie James Decker, food writer Jed Portman and chef Geoffrey Zakarian, a new batch of precocious junior chefs must use a classic cornmeal dish in the appetizer round. The grill pans continue to get a workout in round two, where the kids must combine a marshmallow treat with white barbecue sauce. Then, the dessert round delights the finalists when they find a magnificent cake in the basket!
Dinner Is Served
Season 5 - July 28, 2020
The junior chefs get to cook three meals -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- for the judges, actor J.B. Smoove and chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian. In round one, the basket contains Middle Eastern pancakes and special cotton candy. For lunch, they have to try their hand with frozen fast food and raw burgers. Then, the finalists must make dinner with a tender cut of lamb and an Arabic dessert.
Season 5 - July 21, 2020
The young cooks tackle baskets of leftover and often-wasted food, starting with cheese rinds and takeout leftovers in the appetizer round. Then, they find some unwanted produce that must be worked into an entree. For dessert, the finalists find creative uses for forgotten fruit and baking leftovers to win over judges Amanda Freitag, Sam Kass and Marc Murphy.
Mac and Cheese, Please!
Season 5 - July 14, 2020
A new batch of kids celebrate mac and cheese in all three rounds, beginning with appetizers containing the ready-to-make version. A bright orange snack and fancy cheese must work their way into entrees, then in the final round, even the judges -- actress Betsy Brandt and chefs Marc Murphy and Nguyen Tran -- are surprised to see how mac and cheese can be interpreted in dessert form.
Season 5 - July 7, 2020
The young competitors celebrate fried food in each round and whip up some deep-fried delights for the judges, chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Rebecca Lang and actor Zachary Quinto. The first round kicks off with a popular Southern beverage and seafood. The heat builds in the second round, when the kids get to pair the "caviar of the South" with a savoury batter. Then, the dessert round reveals that almost everything can be fried, including ice cream!
Three Ring Kitchen
Season 5 - June 30, 2020
In a circus-themed competition, a new bunch of 10- and 11-year olds dare to make appetizers using corn and playful cookies. The entree basket reveals a finger food and some beautiful produce, then in the dessert round, the chefs tackle a baked good and a something covered in caramel. Actor Ryan Guzman joins The Kitchen's Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian on the judging panel.
Season 5 - June 23, 2020
Chef Amanda Freitag, YouTube star Harley Morenstein and actress Anika Noni Rose preside over an all-pizza competition! Three courses of pizza begin with appetizers comprised of exotic looking mushrooms and a creamy Italian sauce. The fun continues as the junior chefs battle against some challenging dough and more sauce in the entree round. Then, the finalists tackle pizza dessert using cheese with a funny name and a wild assortment of fruit!
Why So Blue?
Season 5 - June 16, 2020
A fun twist on a classic comfort food is paired with pricey truffles in the appetizer round. In round two, the junior chefs must roll up their sleeves to deal with a large blue squash. Then, the two finalists find creative ways to make desserts with of out-of-this-world lollipops and green fruit. Food journalist Michelle Park, chef Chris Santos and singer Ruben Studdard take over the judging panel.
Turn Up the Beet
Season 5 - June 9, 2020
A new group of kid competitors bond over their love of music and food as they prepare dishes for the judges: Food Network's Valerie Bertinelli, ballerina Misty Copeland and chef Chris Santos. First, they find themselves working with beets and octopus in block form in the appetizer round. A salmon-like fish filet in the entree round presents challenges, then the finalists must figure out how to work edible piano keys into their desserts.
Heads Will Roll
Season 5 - June 2, 2020
Chefs Maneet Chauhan and George Mendes and actor Kevin McHale step in to judge the next round of talented junior chefs. First, the kids open the appetizer basket to find something staring right back at them! A cute candy creation and a twist on garlic bread spice things up in the entree round. Then, vegetables make their way into brownies in the dessert round, but the finalists have no problem repurposing them.
Rise and Cook!
Season 5 - May 26, 2020
Four young cooks set out to make judges Cliff Crooks, Bethenny Frankel and Geoffrey Zakarian the most important meal of the day: breakfast! French toast and cereal are remixed in the first basket. Then, the kids struggle to make perfect eggs against the clock in the entree round. The two finalists in the dessert round get to work with an extravagant breakfast-themed cake and a grown-up breakfast beverage.
Chicken and Do-Nots
Season 5 - May 19, 2020
Chefs Daniel Churchill and Marcus Samuelsson and actress Allison Williams serve as the judges for a new group of junior chefs, who are thrilled when the appetizer basket reveals an exciting twist on chicken and waffles. In the entree round, a sweet, tropical icing must be paired with pork, and in the dessert round, it's a race to the ice cream machine when both finalists are inspired by a coconut beverage.
Season 5 - February 12, 2017
A lucky batch of junior chefs gets to cook with chocolate in all three rounds to win over the judges: chef Scott Conant, model Ashley Graham and Food Network Star contestant Jernard Wells. It starts with a fancy boxed assortment in the appetizer round, then the kids must figure out how to pair chocolate with a stinky cheese for their entrees. And in the dessert round, the finalists are startled by what they think are chocolate-covered bugs.
Let's Taco 'Bout It
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The junior chefs must integrate the mystery basket ingredients into taco-inspired dishes, starting with pork and tropical flavors in the appetizer basket. A prickly plant must find its way onto the plates for the entree, then a cake in the third basket contains a sweet surprise! Chef Scott Conant, Food Network Star finalist Martita Jara and actress Kym Whitley serve as judges.
Season 4 - March 12, 2017
Chefs Kenny Gilbert and Geoffrey Zakarian and actress Mae Whitman rule the judging table for this round of culinary competition! First, some of the young cooks are not fans of the kid-favorite chicken nuggets found in the appetizer basket. Then, will the junior chefs have the experience to properly cook the delicate bay scallops from the entree basket? The end of the round prompts some unprecedented cooperation among the competitors, then in the dessert round, a hybrid fruit and some Mesozoic candies make for a fun time.
Donut Sweat It
Season 4 - March 5, 2017
Savory meets sweet, and all is awesome! The junior chefs find something called an "everything donut" in the appetizer basket, which they must make work with a pickled pork product. Cooking venison is a new experience for some of the junior chefs in the entree round, then a competitor makes a bold move in the final seconds of the dessert round. It's up to the judges -- chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and David Guas and NFL player DeMarcus Ware -- to decide if it was a smart choice.
Season 4 - February 26, 2017
The young competitors hatch a plan for what to do with a "birds' nest" in the first basket, which is actually a common dish in disguise. Then, in the entree round, the chefs learn a new word for a specific type of chicken and must hustle to get it cooked through. The two finalists have similar ideas for killer kiwi desserts, but will the judges -- singer Austin Mahone, cookbook author Raquel Pelzel and chef Aaron Sanchez -- love their dishes equally?
Season 4 - February 19, 2017
A new group of young competitors enter the kitchen and attempt to win over the judges, chefs Aaron Sanchez and Jet Tila and comedian Iliza Shlesinger. A super-cheesy sandwich is at the center of a puzzling appetizer basket, then in the second round, a root vegetable and a sweet Latin treat must find a place on the entree plates. The two kids lucky enough to make it all the way to the final round find a whimsical watermelon dessert in the baskets.
Hot Potato, Not Potato
Season 4 - February 5, 2017
Four ambitious kids bring their cooking skills to the Chopped Kitchen as they try to impress chefs Lazarus Lynch and Marc Murphy and actor James Maslow. Ground beef and chocolate present a conundrum for the competitors in the first round. In the entree basket, an ingredient that looks like a giant baked potato is something else entirely, and a red, white and blue snack in the dessert basket is a patriotic potpourri for the finalists.
Cup of Glee
Season 4 - January 29, 2017
Chefs Maneet Chauhan and Andrew Gruel and actress Meghan Markle preside over a competition that begins with a three and a half-pound peanut butter cup and a too-hot griddle that creates problems for one of the young chefs. An enviable cut of pork and a strong-flavored candy are two of the gifts in the entree basket, then the finalists take on a gooey skillet of pink sweetness along with a healthy, crunchy snack in the dessert round.
Season 4 - January 22, 2017
Creepy-crawly kabobs in the first basket kick things off on an adventurous note -- will the junior chefs find a good way to incorporate the bites of crunchy protein? In the entree round, the kids are happy to get fish fillets and a colorful cereal. Then, the young cooks must find creative ways to use some little sprinkles and a giant egg in their desserts. The judging panel features actors David Arquette and Jake Smollett and chef Scott Conant.
Season 4 - December 11, 2016
'Tis the season for good times in the Chopped Junior Kitchen! The junior chefs are challenged to make a holiday meal for the judges, chefs Sandra Lee, Marc Murphy and Christian Petroni. The feast begins with duck and veggie appetizers, then stockings and wreaths made from common foods create a festive feel in the entree round. Finally, a lot of whimsy and sugar in the dessert basket keep the last two culinary elves happy and busy.
Season 4 - November 22, 2016
Four confident young cooks set out to make judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Sandra Lee and Laura Vitale a spectacular Thanksgiving meal. Pumpkin pie comes first as one of the mystery ingredients for the appetizer round. There's no turkey in the entree basket, but there are a lot of other traditional flavors. Then, some adorable cupcakes are at the center of a goody-filled final basket.
Season 3 - October 11, 2016
With gory surprises in every basket, the costumed competitors have much to fear and $10,000 to gain in this Halloween showdown, presided over by judges Scott Conant, event planner Jackie Sorkin and actress Michelle Trachtenberg. A vial filled with something deceptively familiar and some spicy mummies are weird surprises in the first basket, then the entree round has the junior chefs digging into a spooky casserole. Finally, the last two competitors confidently craft desserts from an odd collection of goodies!
Season 2 - December 4, 2016
Actress Ali Larter, Food Network Star contestant Arnold Myint and chef Chris Santos are on the judging panel and are ready to put these junior chefs to the test! The first round has boar and is anything but boring when plans fall apart for one of the competitors in the final seconds. A delectable fish and some colorful tubers are two of the must-use entree ingredients, then a taco theme in the dessert basket promotes a lot of creativity.
Season 2 - November 20, 2016
Four fresh-faced junior chefs must give it their all to impress the judges, model Jourdan Dunn and chefs Carla Hall and Chris Santos. In round one, the competitors must confront a soft drink with a wacky flavor, and some grapes in a funny shape and a crunchy healthy snack are required elements in the young chefs' goat entrees. Then, there's big drama in the dessert round as one competitor attempts a last-ditch dash to the ice cream machine.
The Big Stink
Season 2 - November 13, 2016
Food blogger Ayesha Curry, former White House chef Sam Kass and chef Marcus Samuelsson are on hand to judge this round of young competitors, who must deal with some seriously stinky ingredients in the first basket. The second round has the junior chefs wondering what to do with a snack mix and a mix of mini veggies, and a reptilian cake meets a vegan cheese in the dessert basket.
Pancake Pop Power
Season 2 - November 6, 2016
A new group of ambitious junior chefs enter the kitchen with hopes of winning over a special panel of judges: chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon, and food blogger/chef Donal Skehan. The young competitors start by attempting to make a delicious appetizer with both octopus and a tart dessert bar. An equally confounding meat is at the center of the entree basket, then the finalists see what they can do with some strange fruit and some colorful seeds in their desserts.
Dinner for Dad
Season 2 - October 2, 2016
The junior chefs are instructed to make dishes that their dads would really like, to be judged by chefs Scott Conant and Tre Wilcox alongside pro skateboarder Tony Hawk. The mystery basket ingredients include chicken wings and blue cheese in the appetizer round, then enormous sandwiches in the second round and a big surprise for dessert!
Trail Mix and Match
Season 2 - September 25, 2016
Four talented junior chefs are ready to prove their expertise in the kitchen to judges Marc Murphy, actress Debby Ryan, and Geoffrey Zakarian. In the first round, there's a run on tortillas in the pantry as the young competitors figure out what to do with "poor man's lobster" and a sweet surprise. An Indian tea snack and a lean meat are two of the ingredients in play in the second round, and chocolate and vanilla mingle for dessert!
Season 2 - September 18, 2016
A new round of talented junior chefs storms the kitchen to win over judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Eddie Jackson and actress Christine Taylor. First, kids heart pasta, but will the competitors love the heart-shaped pasta in the appetizer round? Some shellfish that are still on the shell and a lime unlike any lime the competitors have ever tasted are part of the challenge in round two. Then, a creative take on cookies and milk is discovered in the dessert basket.
Season 2 - September 11, 2016
The junior chefs are fired up for a grilling competition, with NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, chef Amanda Freitag, and Cooking Channel's Ali Khan serving as judges! Rings of meat and donut hybrids find their way to the grill pans in round one. Then, the judges are happy to see a select piece of beef in the second basket, but wonder if the young competitors will know how to treat it right. Finally, fruit on the grill is all but guaranteed in the dessert round.
Season 2 - September 4, 2016
School's out, but it's time to make the grade by cooking for the judges: chef Roble Ali, actress Jennie Garth and chef Marc Murphy. Some funny cookies and a lean meat are part of the appetizer basket puzzle, and burnt bacon becomes a problem in the entree round. Then, some cleverly-decorated cake pops are hardly the toughest ingredient in a dessert basket that also contains a shocking, crunchy snack.
Season 2 - August 23, 2016
Chefs Kardea Brown and Amanda Freitag are joined by actor Andrew Rannells to judge a very fishy competition! Some sugary items in the first basket have the competitors wondering how to create balanced fish dishes, and time management issues create big problems for one junior chef and a difficult choice for the judges. Canned pasta and an extremely salty veggie are two of the entree round ingredients, then an injury in the dessert round puts one finalist in jeopardy of ruining their dish.
Season 2 - August 16, 2016
A weird hot dog and a cheese that doesn't want to melt are two of the tricky ingredients that the young competitors face in the appetizer round, then retro candies result in some surprising pops in the entree plates. And the cookie dough in the dessert round is perfectly safe to serve raw, but will the finalists opt to cook it before serving it to judges Monti Carlo, Scott Conant and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar?
Love You, Mom!
Season 2 - August 9, 2016The junior chefs are asked to create meals that their moms would love that will also impress judges Maneet Chauhan, Cooking Channel's Haylie Duff, and actress Alison Sweeney. In the first round, the young competitors must figure out how to make escargot go with fruit pops. A pricey cut of meat and a gummy candy are two of the entree basket items, then the dessert round promises to be one of the most unusual in Chopped history.
Season 2 - August 2, 2016
In the first round featuring rock shrimp and beef tongue, the junior chefs show kindness and help each other out, but someone must still be chopped by a judging panel featuring Maneet Chauhan, actor Rico Rodriguez, and Fabio Viviani. In the second basket, the kids get quail and a variety of tiny foods, and a very groovy cake makes the dessert round extra colorful.
Season 1 - March 15, 2016
Four new junior chefs arrive in the kitchen to show they're already cooking like pros, and chefs Scott Conant and Madison Cowan are joined by actress Mila Kunis to judge the competition. In the first round, the young chefs receive both yummy and yucky ingredients for appetizers, then aim for a perfect salmon dish in the entree round. For dessert, they must transform an iconic cake into something new and delicious.
Season 1 - March 8, 2016
Four junior chefs with an appetite for long-term success square off in front of a special panel of judges, including former professional boxer Laila Ali and chefs Marc Murphy and Sam Talbot. The appetizer basket includes a creepy-crawly snack and fried onions, and a canned product is met with disdain in the entree round. Finally, they must balance several super-sweet items in their desserts.
Season 1 - March 1, 2016
The four junior chefs in this competition can't be kept out of the kitchen, and they're here to prove themselves to the judges: chef Tino Feliciano, former White House chef Sam Kass and Food Network's Marc Murphy. In the first round, they must masterfully transform strange fungi and frozen treats, and their faces say it all when tasting unappealing entree basket ingredients. For dessert, incorporating French fries proves to be a challenge.
Curd Is The Word
Season 1 - February 23, 2016
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.
Shake It Up
Season 1 - February 16, 2016
Bright new faces of the culinary world give it their all in this Chopped competition for young cooks! To win, they must impress the judges, actress Elizabeth Chambers and chefs Amanda Freitag and Lee Anne Wong. The appetizer basket includes beet hummus and head-on shrimp, then in the entree round, a giant milkshake has all the kids amped up. Those who advance to the final round create fruit and yogurt desserts.
Season 1 - February 9, 2016
A new group of junior chefs brings their enthusiasm to the Chopped Kitchen and seeks approval from the judges: model Camila Alves and chefs Michelle Bernstein and Scott Conant. They find shellfish and a dried seafood snack in the appetizer basket, but tears come when one competitor hears "time's up." In the entree round, there's cereal and a beautiful cut of meat, but using a pre-baked cake inventively in dessert is a big challenge.
Better Hurry Up!
Season 1 - February 2, 2016
Four kids who starred in Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off return to compete in the Chopped Junior Kitchen and win over the judges: chefs Tiffany Derry and Amanda Freitag and actress Tia Mowry. In the first round, they must face a leftover burger and sweet drink, and the entree round sees the junior chefs frantically trying to work cake batter into chicken dishes. In the final round, both kids decide to bake, but may run out of time!
Candy Rock Bottom
Season 1 - January 26, 2016
These junior chefs are here to prove their expertise level in the kitchen to some special judges: chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Sharone Hakman and musician Kimberly Schlapman. For appetizers, they must transform a popular packaged afternoon snack, and Mexican ingredients in the entree basket send some competitors on a similar track. When bugs in the final basket don't go over well, the young chefs must try to emphasize other mystery ingredients.
Season 1 - January 19, 2016
The junior chefs in this competition are young and fearless, and at just nine and ten years old, they're the youngest yet! Food Network's Amanda Freitag and Jeff Mauro and actress Hayden Panettiere serve as judges, and in the first round, the young chefs must cook with a classic kid food and some unusual chips. In the entree round, there's a super-sour basket ingredient, and for dessert, a punny snack that might make them crabby!
Birthday Cake Crush
Season 1 - January 12, 2016
There's double trouble in the kitchen, as this group of young competitors includes twin sisters! They'll all have to work hard to impress the judges, former professional boxer Laila Ali and chefs Aaron Sanchez and Art Smith. In the first round, cookies and veggies are mandatory ingredients, and in the entree basket, they are surprised by a beautiful birthday cake. For dessert, the final two chefs must marry salty with sweet.
Chasing Rainbow Bagels
Season 1 - January 5, 2016
Another astonishingly talented group of junior chefs is sure to make life difficult on the judges: Food Network's Valerie Bertinelli and chefs Sharone Hakman and Marcus Samuelsson. The young cooks must contend with strange bagels and a strong paste in the appetizer round, and an injury throws one competitor off their game. In the entree round, there are fresh pasta sheets, and for dessert, marshmallows make a gooey statement.
Season 1 - December 13, 2015
Four new junior chefs get into the spirit of the season as they create a feast for the judges, former White House chef Sam Kass, Food Network's Marc Murphy, and Martha Stewart! In the appetizer round, the walls of gingerbread houses come down, and for entrees, the young cooks must make sweet ingredients work with leg of lamb. Finally, everyone is happy to see snowmen made of doughnuts in the dessert basket.
A Chopped Junior Thanksgiving
Season 1 - November 24, 2015
Four new junior chefs are presented with the challenge of making a perfect Thanksgiving meal for the judges, including special guest Martha Stewart and Food Network's Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian. First, they must make creative appetizers using spiral ham, and in round two, they have to prepare entrees using three different turkey parts. Pumpkin spice lattes in the final basket get the kids excited for dessert, where they race to claim the ice cream machine!