Last night's Italian themed episode of "Chopped" offered four more chefs an opportunity to compete for the $10,000 and the very elusive title of a champion.
The judges for this episode are: Scott Conant, Maneet Chauhan and Alex Guarnaschelli. The host, as always is Ted Allen.
Competing in this episode are: Antonio Mure from Venice Beach, Calif., Lisa Savage from Fair Lawn, N.J., Philip Meoli from Brooklyn, N.Y. and Luca Manderino from Hermosa Beach, Calif. All the chefs were either born in Italy or have roots there, so they will be tested to the extreme.
The first round appetizer mystery box contained: Soppressata, Pasta Dough, Newborn Baby Fish and Limoncello. Antonio made linguine with limoncello sauce using flour and olive oil. Luca made pasta crostini with soppressata and sautéed baby fish using onion and white wine vinegar. Lisa made pasta with tomato and baby fish sauce and soppressata using onion, garlic and basil. Philip made gnocchi fra diavolo with mesclun salad using shallots, garlic and red peppers. The chef who was eliminated was Philip because he cut himself and left blood on his plate.
The entree round contained: Veal Chops, Bottarga, Graffiti Eggplant and Caffe Macchiato. Lisa made veal chops with coffee sauce and eggplant caponata using onion, Madeira and bell peppers. Antonio made veal chops with eggplant lasagna and espresso sauce using Madeira, garlic and flour. Luca made veal macchiato with fried eggplant and Bottarga using white wine and bread crumbs. The chef who was "Chopped" in this round was Lisa who again left an ingredient from her plate.
The dessert round included: Figs, Burrata, Piadina and Chinotto. Luca made burrata ricotta and figs using heavy cream, eggs and cognac. Antonio made fig & burrata strudel with Chinotto crème anglaise using raisins, pine nuts and star anise. Both competitors were born in Italy, and both own restaurants near each other.
The winner of the $10,000 and "Chopped" champion was Antonio, who won the $10,000 and will be taking his family on a much-needed vacation.
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