Banana, Collard Greens, Grits
Season 1, Episode 4
Air date February 03, 2009
Winner Einat Admony
Episode Guide
Avocado, Tahini, Bran Flakes
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Wrapped in bacon, wrapped in basil, fried and brûléed, bananas take center stage in the Appetizer Round. But when one chef’s creation falls apart, is there a sure fire banana backup plan? And you know things are bound to get interesting when the chefs are thrown some Southern curveballs: collard greens in the entrée and grits for dessert. To avoid being “Chopped,” these competitors must keep a few simple cooking truths in mind: Know when you are in over your head. Don’t get consumed by pride, and always, always taste your food before it’s served.


  • Luis Gonzales, Executive Chef, Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, New York, NY
  • Einat Admony, Chef and Owner, Taïm, New York, NY
  • Kyle Shadix, Chef/Dietician/Culinary Consultant, New York, NY
  • Sean Chudoba, Executive Chef, Ayza Wine Bar, New York, NY




Ingredients: Ground Beef, Wonton Wrappers, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Bananas

Luis's appetizer was Beef Ragu with Toasted Bananas and Crispy Wonton Salad. The judges enjoy the components of the dish, but find them to be missing a tie-in.

Einat did Spicy Beef Wontons and Bacon-Wrapped Banana. The judges love her banana and wontons. Her mushroom sauce is unsuccessful, which doesn't measure up to the rest of her dish.

Kyle made Mushroom Soup with Meatballs and Banana Basil Dumpling Soup.The creativity is high. The meatballs are delicious The soups are quite bland and don't have connection with each other.

Sean's appetizer was Creamy Mushroom Thyme Ravioli. He did not include the bananas after his attempted brûlée failed. The judges absolutely love his ravioli, but Scott points out that Sean still had a chance to incorporate the bananas and failed.

After careful discussion, the judges decide Chef Sean is disqualified for not including the banana.


Ingredients: Scallops, Collard Greens, Anchovies, Sour Cream

Einat made Collard Green Wrapped Scallops with Yogurt Sauce. The judges like the consistency of Einat's style and the cooking of the scallops in the dish. The collard greens are very chewy, and the scallops were not cleaned properly.

Kyle's entrée was Panko Encrusted Scallop in Citrus Cream Sauce. Kyle's presentation is stunning, and he is the only chef to clean his scallops in the round. His portion is too small and the collards are raw. The judges aren't fans of his cream sauce.

Luis prepared Scallops with Roasted Tomatoes and Sour Cream. Luis deals with the collard greens the best, and the judges like his scallops, although he forgot to clean them. He has too many ingredients on his plate, and the tomatoes taste like soap.

The judges decide to chop Chef Kyle for muddled flavors and lack of execution.


Ingredients: Quick Grits, Black Plums, Almond Butter, Maple Syrup, Walnuts

Einat's dessert was Ricotta and Walnut Quick Grits Fritters. The fritters are delicious and are cooked perfectly although they are a bit oily and heavy.

Luis made Almond and Black Plum Meltdown Cake. The judges like his presentation. Unfortunately for Luis, he mistook sugar for salt, which overwhelms his dessert.

Ultimately, the judges chop Chef Luis for his grievous mistake in his dessert, making Einat the Chopped Champion.


  • The chefs for the episode. From left to right: Sean, Kyle, Einat, and Luis
  • Luis's Appetizer
  • Einat's Appetizer
  • Kyle's Appetizer
  • Sean's Appetizer
  • Einat's Entrée
  • Kyle's Entrée
  • Luis's Entrée
  • Einat's Dessert
  • Luis's Dessert


  • Einat later returned for Chopped Champions.
  • This episode marks the first time where a contestant did not use a mystery ingredient in their dish.
  • This is the first appearance of judges Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, and Geoffrey Zakarian.
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