Drawing a Flank
Season 12, Episode 17
DaF Chefs
Air date August 21, 2012
Winner Quentin Donnaud
Episode Guide
Grill Masters: Finale
Stacking Up

When the first basket contains licorice, licking the competition on creativity becomes the chefs' main challenge in the appetizer round. The competitors get a jolt of energy in the form of espresso powder, which they must match with flank steak for their entree dish. When it becomes clear that neither finalist's polenta and sherry dessert is a sure thing, who will become the Chopped Champion?


  • Jude Huval, Executive Chef, Pat's Fisherman's Wharf, Henderson, LA
  • Rick Giffen, Executive Chef, Stratosphere Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • Frances Tariga, Private Chef, United Nations, New York, NY
  • Quentin Donnaud, Executive Chef, Coast Seafood & Raw Bar, Atlanta, GA




Ingredients: Black Licorice, Arctic Char, Mangos, Caperberries


Ingredients: Flank Steak, Sour Cherries, Espresso Powder, Crosnes


Ingredients: Polenta, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Beets, Whipped Topping


  • The chefs for the episode. From left to right: Quentin, Frances, Rick, and Jude
  • Jude's Appetizer
  • Rick's Appetizer
  • Frances's Appetizer
  • Quentin's Appetizer
  • Rick's Entrée
  • Frances's Entrée
  • Quentin's Entrée
  • Quentin's Dessert
  • Rick's Dessert


  • Frances later won cutthroat kitchen.
Chopped Season 12
<< Season 11Season 13 >>
#01 Grilltastic!#10 Grill Masters: Part Two
#02 Sunny Side Apps#11 Belly Dance!
#03 A Guts Reaction#12 Grill Masters: Part Three
#04 Chocolate Challenge#13 Cake Walk?
#05 Pride of New Orleans#14 Grill Masters: Part Four
#06 All-American Competition#15 Oui, Oui, Confit
#07 Orzo it Seemed#16 Grill Masters: Finale
#08 Food Network Stars!#17 Drawing a Flank
#09 Grill Masters: Part One

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