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Viewers Choice Baskets
Season 15, Episode 2
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Air date April 9, 2013
Winner Luke Reyes
Episode Guide
Heads Up!
Aussie Awesome

Chopped fans logged on to Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter and suggested the ingredients for this Viewers' Choice competition, resulting in possibly the cruelest baskets ever. In the appetizer round the chefs are stunned and stumped to see two brightly colored manmade items and one of nature's most odious foods. Then for the entree basket, the viewers chose a canned product that became infamous in a previous competition. In the end, the last brutal basket proves quite difficult for the finalists.


  • John Herndon, Executive Chef, Umami Burger Restaurant Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tre Ghoshal, Chef and Owner, Adara, Montclair, NJ
  • Rory Philipson, Chef and Owner, The Blue Bottle Cafe, Hopewell, NJ
  • Luke Reyes, Executive Chef, The Corner Door, Culver City, CA




Ingredients: Durian, Lime Gelatin, Imitation Crab Meat, Crunchy Cheese Curls

John made Crab Ceviche Tostada with Lime Gelee and Durian Jalapeno Cream Sauce.

Tre made Cheese Curl Encrusted Fish Sticks with Durian Coconut Sauce.

Rory made a Vietnamese Summer Roll with Imitation Crab Meat, Lime Gelatin, and Durian.

Luke made Cucumber Salad with Puree of Durian and Lime Gelatin.

Eliminated: Chef John


Ingredients: Chicken in a Can, Clam Chowder, Potato Tots, Skirt Steak

Tre made Soy Marinated Skirt Steak with Chicken Cake and Seafood Bechamel.

Rory made Seared Skirt Steak and Hash with Chicken Chowder Sauce.

Luke made Skirt Steak with Chicken and Chowder Sauce and Arugula Salad.

Eliminated: Chef Rory


Ingredients: Kale, Fruit Cocktail, Cottage Cheese, Marrow Bones

Tre made Cottage Cheese Panna Cotta with Bone Marrow Ganache.

Luke made Marrow Roasted Apples with Cottage Cheese Puree.

Eliminated: Chef Tre



  • Tre Returned for Chopped Redemption.
Chopped Season 15
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#01 Heads Up!#08 Military Salute
#02 Viewers Choice Baskets#09 Cook Your Butt Off!
#03 Aussie Awesome#10 Better Saffron Than Sorry
#04 Without Missing a Beet#11 Take Heart
#05 Momumental#12 Wheatgrass Roots
#06 Amazing Amateurs#13 Wurst Case Scenario
#07 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!