Summer Heats Up with New Season of "Chopped Grill Masters"

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Chopped Grill Masters
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"Chopped Grill Masters"
Premieres Tuesday, July 14 at 10 PM ET/PT on Food Network

           Hosted by Ted Allen, "Chopped Grill Masters" returns for a second season on Food Network. Sixteen grilling professionals from around the country face off in "Chopped Grill Masters," premiering Tuesday, July 14th at 10pm ET/PT. With a $50,000 grand prize on the line, the stage is set for the ultimate grilling showdown, as the chefs head out of the kitchen to compete outdoors over three rounds, consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with recurring Chopped judges Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chris Santos, and special guest judges Amy Mills and Tim Love, deciding the fates for each grilling pro. The winner from each episode will face-off in the fiery finale. When the dust clears, the greatest grilling pro of all walks away with $50,000.
 
Episode descriptions include:
 
"Grill Masters: Episode One"
Premiering Tuesday, July 14th at 10:00pm ET/PT - TOURNAMENT PREMIERE!
          In this explosive first Grill Masters battle, big personalities and old rivalries create a firestorm in the al fresco kitchen. In the first round, the chefs have two different proteins to prepare: pork chops and sausages. Exercising restraint with a sweet basket ingredient in the entrée round is a challenge for some of the chefs. A cheese and a starch are two of the items that the finalists must make sing on the grills in their desserts.
Competitors: Danielle Dimovski, Chris Hart, Staci Graves Jett, Randy Pauly
Host: Ted Allen
Judges: Scott Conant, Amy Mills, Chris Santos
 
"Grill Masters: Episode Two"
Premiering Tuesday, July 21st at 10:00pm ET/PT
          In the first round, the Grill Masters find grilling-classics hot dogs and hamburgers in the same basket. Rack of elk is a welcome ingredient in the second basket, but the 30-minute time limit presents some issues. The final two chefs have high hopes for what they can accomplish in the dessert round featuring chocolate cupcakes.
Competitors: Mary Brent Galyean, Stan Hays, Matty Melehes, Candy Sue Weaver
Host: Ted Allen
Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Tim Love
 
"Grill Masters: Episode Three"
Premiering Tuesday, July 28th at 10:00pm ET/PT
          Two of the competitors in this Grill Masters fight are engaged to be married, but can they both make it to the final round? In the first round, a succulent seafood and an odd ice cream are two of the surprises in the mystery basket. Then in the second round of live-fire cooking, the chefs are shocked to find a live ingredient. When a delicate ingredient flames up on the grill in the dessert round, can one chef's dish be salvaged?
Competitors: Donna Fong, Leslie Roark Scott, Harry Soo, Tom Spaulding
Host: Ted Allen
Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Tim Love
 
"Grill Masters: Episode Four"
Premiering Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00pm ET/PT
          Four grilling experts compete for a final spot in the grand finale, for a chance at winning $50,000. Spare ribs play the lead role in the appetizer basket. Then a specially-sourced, whole fish barely fits into the entrée baskets. And following the round that the judges were not thrilled with how an ingredient was being used, the judges are plum happy to see plums in the dessert basket. 
Competitors: Mike Davis, Ash Fulk, Phil Johnson, Angie Mar
Host: Ted Allen
Judges: Scott Conant, Amy Mills, Chris Santos
 
"Grill Masters: Grand Finale"
Premiering Tuesday, August 11th at 10:00pm ET/PT - TOURNAMENT FINALE!
          The four finalists are facing off for the $50,000 grand prize. These Grill Masters are expecting difficult baskets, and they certainly get them. Rattlesnake is the vicious surprise in the first round. Some offal and fruit are part of the culinary puzzle to solve in the entrée round. And a breakfast item and a classic pie beg to be transformed in the dessert round to determine the new grilling champion!
Host: Ted Allen
Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chris Santos
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