Chopped

Season 5 Episode 11

Fright Bites

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2010 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Marja Samsom is the chef and restaurateur of The Kitchen Club in New York, New York.
Mike Solyn is a freelance chef in New York, New York.
Tess Middlebrook is a private chef in New York, New York.
Michael Vignola is the executive chef at Michael Jordan's Steak House in New York, New York.
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Appetizer Baskets:
Canned Pumpkin
Malted Chocolate Balls
Pie Crust
Lamb Heart
Appetizers:
Chef Marja - Trick or Treat Dumpling with Arugula Salad
Chef Mike - Bacon Seared Lamb Heart with Pumpkin Purée
Chef Tess - Pan-Seared Lamb Heart with Pumpkin Pie Tart
Chef Michael - Braised Lamb Heart with Spiced Pumpkin Purée
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Chef Mike Solyn was chopped after the Appetizer round. 
The judges noted the missing malted chocolate balls and that he burnt his pie crust.
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Entrée Baskets:
Gummy Teeth
Flour Tortillas
Huitlacoche
Black Chicken
Entrées:
Chef Tess - Pan-Roasted Chicken with Gummy Teeth Jus 
Chef Michael - Roasted Black Chicken with Pickled Carrots
Chef Marja - Drunken Chicken with Purple Potatoes
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Chef Marja Samsom was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges explained that her tortillas may have been cross-contaminated.
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Dessert Baskets:
Kumquats
Cheddar Pennies
Chipotle Chiles
Grasshoppers
Desserts:
Chef Michael - Pain Perdu with Citrus & Chocolate Sauce
Chef Tess - Kumquat Soup with Cheddar Soil & Grasshopper Sauce
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Chef Tess Middlebrook was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges cited an Appetizer that lacked harmony and a Dessert that lacked sweetness.
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Chef Michael Vignola won the $10,000 prize.

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