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The first season of competitive cooking show Chopped ran from January 13, 2009 to April 7, 2009.

EpisodesEdit

# Image Title Airdate
01 ODAC Chefs Octopus, Duck, Animal Crackers January 13, 2009
All bets are off when a slimy surprise in the Round One mystery basket surprises everybody. Then in the Entrée Round, one chef makes a risky creative choice. Will it pay off? And for the two chefs who survive the dreaded Chopping Block and make it all the way to the Dessert Round, challenges abound, when the competitors present their masterpieces made with animal crackers and prunes, will the judges prefer the more whimsical or traditional dish?
02 TBO Chefs Tofu, Blueberries, Oysters January 20, 2009
What will it take to amaze the judges all the way through to the dessert course when the ingredients include Tofu, Blueberries and Oysters.
03 ATB Chefs Avocado, Tahini, Bran Flakes January 27, 2009
The chefs are baffled to find a breakfast staple in the Appetizer Round mystery basket. Who will “flake” out and who can make it work? Then as the competition heats up, there is theft, deceit, tantrums, confusion and the most sinful food folly of all … double-dipping. For two chefs who survive to the final round, the dessert basket holds a whammy of ingredients, avocado, cantaloupe, pecans, and brioche bread. Ready? Go!
04 BCGQG Chefs Banana, Collard Greens, Grits February 03, 2009
Wrapped in bacon, wrapped in basil, fried and brûléed, bananas take center stage in the Appetizer Round. But when one chef’s creation falls apart, is there a sure fire banana backup plan? And you know things are bound to get interesting when the chefs are thrown some Southern curveballs: collard greens in the entrée and grits for dessert. To avoid being “Chopped,” these competitors must keep a few simple cooking truths in mind: Know when you are in over your head. Don’t get consumed by pride, and always, always taste your food before it’s serv
05 YWT Chefs Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas February 10, 2009
Grace under pressure is the name of the game as the chefs attempt to wow the judges from the first course. Can watermelon and pepper jack cheese make for a good pairing? And will the judges say, "yes" or "yuck," when yucca hits their plates in the second course? But it's not the mystery ingredients, it's the ticking clock, that trips up one competitor. When an ingredient falls to the floor, the offending chef must either rise to the challenge or plead for mercy.
06 CPRCB Chefs Canned Peaches, Rice Cakes, Beets February 17, 2009
Stymied by canned peaches in the appetizer round and fruit punch and rice cakes for the entrée, the chefs struggle to find a fresh approach. Will ambitious plans to amaze the judges pay off? Or,will the contestants run out of time to do their best work? It all comes down to a heated dessert face-off. The last two chefs must combine beets, goat cheese and oatmeal to create a fantastic final course.
07 QACB Chefs Quail, Arctic Char, Beer February 24, 2009
The chefs are determined to give their all from the start. Between Quail, Arctic Char, and Beer which of the showoffs, risk-takers and storytellers make this competition a tense one, right down to the last "chop."
08 CCD Chefs Coconut, Calamari, Donuts March 03, 2009
The mandatory ingredients in the appetizer make the chefs nervous when they coconut for appetizers, calamari for entrée and donuts with smoked gouda for dessert.
09 M CCB Chefs Mac & Cheese, Cola, Bacon March 10, 2009
Tune in when a box of macaroni and cheese appears in the appetizer basket, cola in the entree category and bacon for dessert?
10 SCJG Chefs String Cheese, Jicama, Gingersnaps March 17, 2009
The judges are dismayed when some of the chefs fail to creatively transform the mystery ingredients in the appetizer course. But what can you do with string cheese? The contestants set out to aim higher in the next round. Unfortunately, they face a challenging basket: striped bass, jicama, mango, pimento peppers and brie. Then the final round brings about some caffeinated, cookie fun, when the two remaining chefs must work with instant coffee and gingersnaps.
11 JSPC Chefs Jumbo Shrimp, Pepperoncini, Cereal March 24, 2009
The chefs make old Granny Smith proud by combining apples with shrimp and peanut butter in their appetizers. Yet, can they overcome the pickled pepper pitfalls of the Entrée Round? Then when one competitor offers to help with the other chef's cereal-centric dessert, the judges debate whether the gesture is considerate or inappropriate.
12 CMF Chefs Chocolate, Mussels and Figs March 31, 2009
The chefs open their appetizer baskets to find bitter-sweet chocolate, figs and mussels. The contestants know that three of them will face the bitter disappointment of being "chopped," while only one can claim sweet victory.
13 STGB Chefs Strawberries, Turkey and Gummi Bears April 7, 2009
The judges are eager to dig into appetizers made with strawberries, turkey dinner and in the Dessert Round, the two finalists show no mercy when the gummy bears hit the food processor.
Chopped Season 1
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#01 Octopus, Duck, Animal Crackers#08 Coconut, Calamari, Donuts
#02 Tofu, Blueberries, Oysters#09 Mac & Cheese, Cola, Bacon
#03 Avocado, Tahini, Bran Flakes#10 String Cheese, Jicama, Gingersnaps
#04 Banana, Collard Greens, Grits#11 Jumbo Shrimp, Pepperoncini, Cereal
#05 Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas#12 Chocolate, Mussels and Figs
#06 Canned Peaches, Rice Cakes, Beets#13 Strawberries, Turkey and Gummi Bears
#07 Quail, Arctic Char, Beer

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