Chopped

Season 12 Episode 13

Cake Walk

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 07, 2012 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Beni Velazquez the executive chef at The Bar and Bistro in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Carla Contreras is the chef and owner of Red Clog Kitchen in New York, New York.
Monique Barrow is the sous chef at Murphy's in Atlanta, Georgia.
Zeb Stevenson is the executive chef at Livingston Restaurant and Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Appetizer Baskets:
Carrot Cake
Baby Fennel
Kumquats
Kosher Shrimp 
Appetizers:
Chef Beni - Bean & Kumquat Ragoût with Carrot Cake Shrimp
Chef Zeb - Pickled Shrimp with Salted Fennel
Chef Monique - Kosher Shrimp with Fennel Purée
Chef Carla - Asian Shrimp Salad with Bacon
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Chef Monique Barrow was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges did not think she elevated the shrimp enough.
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Entrée Baskets:
Cardoons
Chanterelle Mushrooms
Pickled Green Beans
Turkey Burgers 
Entrées:
Chef Carla - Turkey Taco with Guajillo Salsa
Chef Zeb - Turkey Crêpinette with Braised Cardoons
Chef Beni - Turkey Meatloaf with Sofrito
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Chef Beni Velazquez was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges found his sauce to be overly sweet and could not find the chanterelle mushrooms in his dish.
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Dessert Baskets:
Caramel Popcorn
Red Plums
Prosecco
Udon Noodles 
Desserts:
Chef Zeb - Udon Broth with Caramel Glazed Plums
Chef Carla - Frozen Yogurt with Fried Udon Noodles
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Chef Carla Contreras was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges cited her disjointed Appetizer; the mishandled turkey in her Entrée; and the burnt noodles as well as the presence of chocolate in her Dessert.
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Chef Zeb Stevenson won the $10,000 prize.

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