|Banana, Collard Greens, Grits|
|Season 1, Episode 4|
|Air date||February 03, 2009|
Avocado, Tahini, Bran Flakes
Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas
- Luis Gonzales, Executive Chef, Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, New York, NY
- Einat Admony, Chef and Owner, Taïm, New York, NY
- Kyle Shadix, Chef/Dietician/Culinary Consultant, New York, NY
- Sean Chudoba, Executive Chef, Ayza Wine Bar, New York, NY
Ingredients: Ground Beef, Wonton Wrappers, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Bananas
Luis's appetizer was Beef Ragu with Toasted Bananas and Crispy Wonton Salad. The judges enjoy the components of the dish, but find them to be missing a tie-in.
Einat did Spicy Beef Wontons and Bacon-Wrapped Banana. The judges love her banana and wontons. Her mushroom sauce is unsuccessful, which doesn't measure up to the rest of her dish.
Kyle made Mushroom Soup with Meatballs and Banana Basil Dumpling Soup. The soups are quite bland and don't have connection with each other.
Sean's appetizer was Creamy Mushroom Thyme Ravioli. He did not include the bananas after his attempted brûlée failed. The judges absolutely love his ravioli, but Scott points out that Sean still had a chance to incorporate the bananas and failed.
After careful discussion, the judges decide Chef Sean is disqualified for not including the banana.
Ingredients: Scallops, Collard Greens, Anchovies, Sour Cream
Einat made Collard Green Wrapped Scallops with Yogurt Sauce. The judges like the consistency of Einat's style and the cooking of the scallops in the dish. The collard greens are very chewy, and the scallops were not cleaned properly.
Kyle's entrée was Panko Encrusted Scallop in Citrus Cream Sauce. Kyle's presentation is stunning, and he is the only chef to clean his scallops in the round. His portion is too small and the collards are raw. The judges aren't fans of his cream sauce.
Luis prepared Scallops with Roasted Tomatoes and Sour Cream. Luis deals with the collard greens the best, and the judges like his scallops, although he forgot to clean them. He has too many ingredients on his plate, and the tomatoes taste like soap.
The judges decide to chop Chef Kyle for muddled flavors and lack or execution.
Ingredients: Quick Grits, Black Plums, Almond Butter, Maple Syrup, Walnuts
Einat's dessert was Ricotta and Walnut Quick Grits Fritters. The fritters are a bit oily and heavy.
Luis made Almond and Black Plum Meltdown Cake. The judges like his presentation. Unfortunately for Luis, he mistook sugar for salt, which overwhelms his dessert.
Ultimately, the judges chop Chef Luis for his grievous mistake in his dessert, making Einat the Chopped Champion.
- Einat later returned for Chopped Champions.
- This episode marks the first time where a contestant did not use a mystery ingredient in their dish.
- This is the first appearance of judges Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, and Geoffrey Zakarian.