Luck is not on the competitors' side as they open the first basket to find not duck breast, but a more formidable foe: duck tongue; a bitter juice and a pretentiously presented American classic challenge the chefs in the entree round.
In this gripping heat, four famous fry masters compete to see which elite competitor will move on to the $50,000 Gold Medal Games finale; the first basket comes packed with a fun fair treat and a gamey meat.
Four renowned chefs battle to prove why grilling is a winter sport worth cheering for, but only one can advance to the $50,000 Grand Finale; an uncooked pastry and a bone-in steak challenge the chefs in the appetizer round.
In the 15-minute appetizer round, the culinary athletes are burdened by some extremely tedious prep work and challenged by a sweet surprise; a wild watermelon and an expensive fish keep things interesting in the entree round.
Four chefs famous for baking take on a thrilling heat in the Chopped Gold Medal Games; in the first round, the chefs must focus their creativity on a grocery store breakfast dough and a lovely cut of lamb.
In the first round, something grilled and something intended to frighten; in the entree round, the judges wonder which competitors will offer the best treatment of far far, an Indian snack food; champagne in the final basket.
The pastry experts battling it out in the kitchen learn they must make candy, cake and ice cream in an all-desserts challenge.
Four fit chefs take on the challenge to cook creative, healthy dishes light on calories but big on flavor; faux noodle and a beautiful fish fillet; a diet drink and a protein-packed snack box; acai berry powder desserts.
In an indulgent competition, the appetizer basket brings a bold marriage of two classic American comfort foods; a savory cake features in the entree round; a puzzling dessert basket reveals something gummy and something over-the-top yummy.
Chefs take on a pork-themed challenge; the first basket contains a cut of heritage-breed pork; a questionable canned product in the entree round sends the chefs creative directions; the finalists must use more unusual porky items in their desserts.
The appetizer round features narutomaki; one of the chefs takes an unusual approach with the fish from the entree basket that also includes caul fat; the last two chefs must use Swedish syrup and a classic cookie in the dessert round.
The judges are excited by the prospect of beautiful octopus appetizers in the first round as the four chefs scramble to create dishes featuring mollusk morsels; the canned product in the second round threatens to throw the competitors off their game.
Four competitors learn they will be treated to high-end, top-dollar ingredients and will be cooking for new judge Martha Stewart; an unusual chocolate treat and a special cake up the wow factor in the dessert round.