Food Network announces the second season of Chopped All-Stars




Life without food is suffering. Life without entertainment is boring. Life without learning is stupid. Food Network seems to understand that and is bringing you the second season of Chopped All-Stars.

It's a show with 16 contestants, 4 episodes with carefully selected master chefs each asked to create three masterful courses with ingredients from a food basket that no one knowns what's in it. Well, they do know it only contains food, but they haven't got a much better idea. The mystery basket can contiain anything from black beans to chicken feet to crawfish and beef tendon. They have only a limited time to put the meals together and by the end of each episode, the weak ones are chopped.

The fifth episode will be the battle between the winners of each of the 4 previous episodes - winner from within the lines of Iron Chefs, winner of the battle between the Food Network/Cooking Channel show hosts, winner of the competition between Food Network Star finalists and the winner of the Chopped judges fierce competition.

Here's the full episode list as well as the line-up for Chopped All-Stars.

Part 1, "Iron Chefs Do Battle" Premieres Sunday, April 8th at 9pm ET/PT
Competitors: Iron Chefs Cat Cora, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces and Michael Symon
Judges: Scott Conant, Aarón Sanchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Part 2, "Prime Time vs. Day Time" Premieres Sunday, April 15th at 9pm ET/PT
Competitors: Show hosts Keegan Gerhard (Food Network Challenge), Jeffrey Saad (United Tastes of America, Cooking
Channel), Aarti Sequeira (Aarti Party) and Marcela Valladolid (Mexican Made Easy)
Judges: Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sanchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Part 3, "Food Network Star Contestants" Premieres Sunday, April 22nd at 9pm ET/PT
Competitors: Food Network Star Season Seven Finalists Justin Balmes, Penny Davidi, Vic "Vegas" Moea and Chris Nirschel
Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sanchez

Part 4, "Judge Remix" Premieres Sunday, April 29th at 9pm ET/PT
Competitors: Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos
Judges: Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sanchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Part 5, "Grand Finale" Premieres Sunday, May 6th at 9pm ET/PT
Competitors: Prior episode winners
Judges: Anne Burrell, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sanchez