Chopped

Season 17 Episode 3

Sports Stars

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 03, 2013 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Natalie Coughlin is an Olympic swimmer; she competed on behalf of Right to Play.
Chuck Zito is a boxer and mixed martial arts fighter; he competed on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Tiki Barber is a former running back for the NFL; he competed on behalf of The Fresh Air Fund.
Danica Patrick is a NASCAR racer; she competed on behalf of the COPD Foundation.
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Appetizer Baskets:
Salmon Filet
Candy-Coated Peanuts
Redbor Kale
Lemon-Lime Sports Drink
Appetizers:
Natalie - Seared Salmon with Peanut Candy Crust
Chuck - Sautéed Salmon with Tomatoes and Kale
Tiki - Seared Salmon with Kale Salad and Potatoes
Danica - Peanut Crusted Salmon with Citrus Braised Kale
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Tiki Barber was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges explained that he did not transform all of the mystery ingredients, and that the dish was not seasoned properly.
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Entrée Baskets:
Spinach
Filet Mignon
Almonds
Chocolate Covered Marshmallows 
Entrées:
Chuck - "Aspara-Steak" with Spinach and Peppers
Danica - Filet Mignon with Sweet Potato and Spinach
Natalie - Beef Medallions with Almond Milk Creamed Spinach
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Chuck Zito was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges noted that he did not repurpose the chocolate covered marshmallows.
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Dessert Baskets:
Protein Powder
Caramel Coated Popcorn
Tangelo
Olive Oil Cake 
Desserts:
Danica - Dessert Sandwich with Coffee Digestif
Natalie - Bread Pudding with Candied Tangelo
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Natalie Coughlin was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges explained that the tie between the two was broken by the fact that her competitor's Entrée was tighter and more focused on the mystery basket ingredients.
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Danica Patrick won the $10,000 prize on behalf of the COPD Foundation.

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