Pods, Grills and Sticky Fingers
Season 2, Episode 7
Air date July 28, 2009
Winner Joe Bayley
Episode Guide
A Prickly Situation
A Wish Upon a Starfruit

In the Appetizer Round the chefs are challenged by edamame, shrimp, and problems with time management. Then when the three remaining chefs put their signature styles into flank steak entrees, the judges have a difficult choice to make.


  • Joe Bayley, Sous chef, Cobblestone Foods, New York, NY
  • Maristella Innocenti, Owner and Chef, Matilda, New York, NY
  • Matthew Zappoli, Owner and Executive Chef, Tre Amici, Long Branch, NJ
  • Moha Orchid, Private Chef, New York, NY




Ingredients: Jumbo Shrimp, Edamame, Golden Raisins


Ingredients: Flank Steak, Grape Juice, Goat Cheese, Lemongrass


Ingredients: Coffee Liqueur, Avocados, Boiled Gingko Nuts, Honeycomb


  • The chefs for the episode. From left to right: Moha, Matthew, Maristella, and Joe
  • Joe's Appetizer
  • Maristella's Appetizer
  • Matthew's Appetizer
  • Maristella's Entrée
  • Matthew's Entrée
  • Joe's Entrée
  • Matthew's Dessert
  • Joe's Dessert


  • Chef Moha did not complete his dishes in the appetizer. He was eliminated.
  • Chef Matthew later returned for chopped redemption
Chopped Season 2
<< Season 1Season 3 >>
#01 Salty Veggies & Heated Battles#08 A Wish Upon a Starfruit
#02 High Hopes#09 Buckwheat Blunders and Twists of Fate
#03 Floundering Around#10 The Ultimate Face-Off
#04 Pride on the Plate#11 Best of the Best
#05 Pretty Please With a Pepper on Top#12 All Stars Showdown
#06 A Prickly Situation#13 Bring It!
#07 Pods, Grills and Sticky Fingers