Identical Twins Play Prank on ‘Chopped Junior’ Host

Identical twin sisters Emily and Lyla Allen made up 50 percent of the contestants on this week’s Chopped Junior. They run a blog,, which their Twitter profile describes as “a blog by twins, Emily & Lyla, who love to cook, share simple recipes, enjoy healthy foods & get creative & confident while having fun in the Kitchen.” Did we mention they are 12 years old?

Both Emily and Lyla were clever enough with their mystery baskets to make it through round one, and although Lyla was “chopped” after the entrée round, she continued to cheer on her twin and bestie, Emily, through the dessert round. In an adorable behind-the-scenes prank, they fooled host Ted Allen (no relation) with that classic identical twin trick of — wait for it — switching places.

Chopped Junior airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Food Network.

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