Chopped "Beer Here" Recap (2/23/14)

February 23, 2014

Beer To Dine For! On Sunday’s episode of “Chopped,” the following four chefs: Lauren Kyles, Head Chef of Daily Grill and Public Shools; Larry Monaco, Private Chef from L.A.; Bradley Stellings, Consulting Chef from Japan; and Hiep Le, Chef & Owner of Le Cellier in CA, face mystery baskets filled with...Beer.  

The chefs are required to highlight the brew in each of the 3 rounds, Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert. Dishes will be judged on Presentation, Creativity, and Taste. The chef whose dish the judges like the least will be Chopped.

In the Appetizer Round, the chefs are tasked with using Toasted Lager, Hot Drops, Hickory Smoked Sausage, and Fried Pickles.  

Lauren makes Grilled Sausage and Pepper Ragout on a Buttered Crostini

Larry makes Sausage Two Ways with a Lager-Poached Egg

Bradley makes Braised Brat over Quick Kraut with Toasted Lager Gastrique

Hiep makes Brat and Pickle Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Lager Dip

Chopped: Chef Larry. The judges could not taste three of the four mystery basket ingredients in his dish.

For the Entrée Round the chefs were required to use Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel Ale, Beer Taffy, Beer Cheese, and Beef Tips

Lauren makes Pan-Seared Beef Tips with Ale & Mustard Sauce

Bradley makes Beer-Braised Beef Stew with Beer Risotto and Fried Cheese

Hiep makes Seared Black Peppered Beef with Tripel Ale & Taffy Sauce

Chopped: Chef Hiep. The judges felt that her meat was undercooked and they could not taste the beer cheese in her dish.

The Dessert Round challenges the chefs with Milk Stout, Stout Beer Jelly, Soft Pretzels and Peaches

Bradley makes Beer and Lime Custard with Stout Jelly Fruit

Lauren makes Peach and Pretzel Panzanella Salad with Milk Stout Crème Anglaise

Chopped: Bradley. Judges felt that Bradley was out cooked by Chef Lauren.

Chopped Champion: Chef Lauren. She wins $10,000.

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