The first episode of Chopped All-Stars premiered last night, marking my first of five-episode stint as guest judge. It was great to see this round's chefs, all former contestants from The Next Food Network Star, work with theÂ surprisingÂ ingredients inside the baskets. What a challenge to successfully combine calves liver, mango, bottarga and pound cake for an appetizer! Â In the end, Michael Proietti won the final round. Congratulations to Michael, who will have a chance to compete in the final round for 50,000 dollars to be donated to the charity of his choice.
It was great teaming up with my fellow judges and chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, and Chris Santos. Tune in next Sunday for Episode 2!