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How Far Would You Make It On "Chopped"?

"Get it on the plate!"

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The only problem is...you're not a professional chef.

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You went a little overboard with your application and fooled the casting director, but now that you've been picked for an episode, you really want that $10,000 prize.

For each question, pick the best answer to help you survive each round and become a Chopped champion. Good luck!

  1. THE APPETIZER ROUND:<br />You open your basket and find scallops, cauliflower, and dulse. Umm... what is dulse?
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    Seaweed
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    Dried fish roe<br />
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    A type of blue cheese
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    A spice similar to cinnamon
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    Dulse is a type of red seaweed (check it out here).

    It's similar to nori and has an ultra savory flavor that intensifies when cooked. Better sauté it!

    Dulse is a type of red seaweed (check it out here).
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  2. You decide to pan-sear your scallops. When should you start cooking them?
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    Right away, they take time
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    12 minutes before plating
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    10 minutes before plating
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    5 minutes before plating
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    You should start cooking your scallops five minutes before plating.

    Scallops cook very fast, and you know Alex Guarnaschelli will call you out if you cook them too early. Timing is EVERYTHING in this competition.

    You should start cooking your scallops five minutes before plating.
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  3. 15 minutes have gone by and it's time to cook the scallops. How hot should your pan be when cooking them?
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    Low
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    Medium
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    Medium-high
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    High
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    When searing scallops, your pan should be very hot.

    Because they cook so quickly, you should preheat your pan over high heat to get a dark sear without overcooking them. A pale scallop will certainly get you sent home...

    When searing scallops, your pan should be very hot.
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  4. THE ENTRÉE ROUND:<br />You open your basket and find rice, cherries, and a buddha’s hand.<br />What in the world is a buddha’s hand?<br />
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    A type of melon
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    A type of onion
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    A citrus fruit
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    A leafy green
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    A buddha’s hand is a citrus fruit that looks like a lumpy lemon with fingers (see for yourself here).

    It doesn't have much flesh, so the zest is where it's at. Don't let the weird appearance freak you out ― you got this!

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  5. First things first: Time to get that rice cooking. What ratio of rice to water do you use?
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    1 cup rice to 1 cup water
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    1 cup rice to 2 cups water
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    1 cup rice to 3 cups water
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    1 cup rice to 4 cups water
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    The standard ratio for cooking rice is one cup rice to two cups water.

    This will change depending on the type of rice, but it's just plain old rice in this basket. Overcooking it will result in a very angry Chris, so make sure to keep an eye on it.

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  6. You need to do something to stand out, so you decide to pickle the cherries. What ingredients do you need to make a pickling liquid?
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    Vinegar, water, sugar, and salt
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    Vinegar and salt
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    Vinegar and oil
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    Just vinegar
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    The standard ratio for pickling just about anything is equal parts water and vinegar with four times the amount of sugar to salt.

    So you could use one cup of white vinegar, one cup of water, four teaspoons of sugar, and one teaspoon of salt to pickle those cherries.

    The standard ratio for pickling just about anything is equal parts water and vinegar with four times the amount of sugar to salt. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  7. TWO MINUTES LEFT IN THIS ROUND:<br />It's time to plate, but the rice tastes bland. You have red onions and cilantro on your station. Which do you add to the rice?
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    Cilantro
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    Red onions
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    You better NOT put raw red onions in that rice.

    If Scott Conant gets a bite of them, you're OUT. Come on now! Have you ever seen an episode of Chopped?

    You better NOT put raw red onions in that rice.
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  8. THE DESSERT ROUND:<br />You're so close! You open the final basket and find cheese rinds, tamarind pods, and cotton candy. What do you do with the tamarind pods?<br />
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    Start baking them in their pods
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    Grate them
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    Grind the whole pod
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    Soak them in hot water and remove the flesh
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    When working with whole tamarind, you need to remove the flesh from the pods and soak it in warm or boiling water.

    This will soften it just enough to make your own tamarind concentrate. The pods themselves are not consumed whole.

    When working with whole tamarind, you need to remove the flesh from the pods and soak it in warm or boiling water.
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  9. Now that you have made the tamarind concentrate, you want to turn it into a gastrique. What is a gastrique?
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    An aerated pudding
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    A sauce made from caramelized sugar and vinegar
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    A type of sponge cake
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    A frozen dessert similar to ice cream
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    A gastrique is a sweet and sour sauce made from caramelized sugar and vinegar.

    Because they're versatile and easy to make, gastriques are the perfect way to highlight random ingredients (and they sound pretty darn fancy).

    A gastrique is a sweet and sour sauce made from caramelized sugar and vinegar.
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  10. Your dessert is good, but boring. With just five minutes left, do you start churning ice cream to take your dessert to the next level?
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    Yes, you have to impress them
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    No, safe is good
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    Do NOT fall into the ice cream trap.

    It takes at least 15-20 minutes to churn ice cream, and we all know what happens to contestants who attempt it at the last minute...

    Do NOT fall into the ice cream trap.
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