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Keep on Trucking
Season 17, Episode 2
KoT Chefs
Air date August 18, 2013
Winner Michael Israel
Episode Guide
Sports Stars
Four chefs with connections to the booming truck-food business motor into the Chopped Kitchen. And the first basket with two assertively-flavored meats makes for a challenging appetizer round. In the second round, the competitors must make dishes that include a sugary powder and a leafy vegetable. Then guanabana is going into the ice cream machine in the dessert round!


  • Hop Phan, Food Truck Chef/Owner, Dos Chinos, Orange County, CA
  • Tagan Couch, Food Truck Chef/Owner, The Gypsy Kit, Austin, TX
  • Chris Trapani, Food Truck Chef/Owner, Urban Cowboy, Austin, TX
  • Michael Israel, Food Truck Chef/Owner, MOE Deli, Los Angeles, CA




Ingredients: Smoked Pork Chops, Savoy Cabbage, Ginger Snap Cookies, Blood Sausage


Ingredients: Halibut, Chinese Celery, Pepperoni Risotto, Orange Powdered Drink


Ingredients: Guanabana Nectar, White Chocolate Chips, Pecans, Chipotle in Adobo


  • The chefs for the episode. From left to right: Michael, Chris, Tagan, and Hop
  • Hop's Appetizer
  • Tagan's Appetizer
  • Chris's Appetizer
  • Michael's Appetizer
  • Chris's Entrée
  • Michael's Entrée
  • Hop's Entrée
  • Michael's Dessert
  • Hop's Dessert


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