Chopped

Season 17 Episode 2

Keep On Trucking

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 18, 2013 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Hop Phan is the chef and owner of the Dos Chinos food truck in Orange County, California.
Tagan Couch is the chef and owner of The Gypsy Kit food truck in Austin, Texas.
Chris Trapani is the chef and owner of the Urban Cowboy food truck in Austin, Texas.
Michael Israel is the chef and owner of the MOE Deli food truck in Los Angeles, California.
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Appetizer Baskets:
Smoked Pork Chops
Savoy Cabbage
Ginger Snap Cookies
Blood Sausage
Appetizers:
Chef Hop - Wilted Savoy Cabbage with Sautéed Pork Chop
Chef Tagan - Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Grilled Pork Chop
Chef Chris - Cabbage Wrap with Spice-Rubbed Pork and Ginger Snap Crumble
Chef Michael - Pork Lover's Matzo Ball Soup
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Chef Tagan Couch was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges noted that she left one of the mystery ingredients off some of the plates.
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Entrée Baskets:
Halibut
Chinese Celery
Pepperoni Risotto
Orange Powdered Drink
Entrées:
Chef Chris - Pan-Seared Halibut with Pepperoni Risotto
Chef Michael - Pan-Seared Halibut with Risotto
Chef Hop - Oven-Baked Halibut with Orange Powdered Drink Nuoc Cham
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Chef Chris Trapani was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges thought the risotto was too sweet and that the halibut was undercooked.
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Dessert Baskets:
Guanabana Nectar
White Chocolate Chips
Pecans
Chipotle in Adobo
Desserts:
Chef Michael - Kugel of Pecan and White Chocolate with Pecan Brittle
Chef Hop - Lady Finger French Toast with White Chocolate Chipotle Truffle
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Chef Hop Phan was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges noted that he burned the ginger snaps in his Appetizer; the rice was undercooked in his Entrée; and the white chocolate seized up in his Dessert.
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Chef Michael Israel won the $10,000 prize.

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