Yes, you read that correctly. Chef Prasad Chirnomula of Thali and Oaxaca Kitchen fame will be showing off his culinary chops tonight at 10 pm on Chopped, “Yuzu Never Know.” Tune to Food Network and see Prasad’s other three challengers and to see what he’s up against! Each episode is a contest of quick thinking, culinary technique, and just plain raw genius. Many a chef have quaked when they open up the dreaded baskets, and with good reason. You never know what you’ll find inside of there.
Well, we do know some details of what’s inside. We’ll break down the three rounds and will fill in more information after the airing, including the competitors and the winners. Good luck Chef Prasad! May the best Indian chef who owns Thali and Oaxaca Kitchen win. We’ve updated this post to reflect the competitors, the ingredients, and those who were chopped.
2) Kenneth Johnson: Pescatore (NY)
3) Zaina Dell’Aquila: Condé Nast Café (NY)
4) Fanny Gerson: La Newyorkina (NY)
1) Appetizers: chefs must use yuzu, cucumber, black mission figs, and sturgeon filet.
Who’s chopped? Chef Prasad, you’ve been chopped. He forgot to put cucumber in his sturgeon croquette. Although Chef Fanny’s ceviche was tough, the omission of the cucumber warranted Chef Prasad getting chopped. In addition, they felt that the mandatory ingredients got lost in his other spices.
2) Entrees: orange gelatin, mutton chops, baby leeks, and banana potatoes.
Who’s chopped? Chef Fanny was chopped. Her potatoes and the sauce on them was great, but her broiled mutton chop had raw fat on it and wasn’t “up to par.”
Who’s chopped? Chef Zaina, you’re chopped. Her “bread” pudding was too dry and, overall, the judges felt that Chef Johnson’s dishes utilized the ingredients better.
Kenneth Johnson of Pescatore lasted ’til the end and took home the $10,000. He plans to go to Europe and make his granddaughter even prouder.