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Chopped
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Genre Cooking show
Created by Michael Krupat
Presented by Ted Allen
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Daniel Kay
Running time 1 hour
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
Original run January 13, 2009 – present
External links
Official website

Chopped is a Food Network reality based cooking television series created by Michael Krupat, produced by Daniel Kay, and hosted by Ted Allen.

In each episode, four chefs compete. The show is divided into three rounds: Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert. In each round, the chefs are given a basket containing between three and five unrelated ingredients, and the dish each competitor prepares must contain all of the ingredients. Generally speaking, the ingredients are ones which are not commonly prepared together. For example, in "Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas," the episode which aired on February 10, 2009, the appetizer course boxes contained watermelon, canned sardines, pepper jack cheese, and zucchini. The competitors are also given access to a pantry and refrigerator stocked with a wide variety of other ingredients. Each round has a time limit: twenty minutes for the Appetizer round, and thirty minutes for the Entrée and Dessert rounds (one episode gave the chefs forty-five minutes in the entrée round to allow them to handle a whole twelve-pound turkey). The chefs must cook their dishes and have them plated before time runs out. After each round, the judges critique the dishes based on presentation, taste, and creativity. The judges then decide which chef is "chopped," who is then eliminated from the competition. Thus, by the dessert round, only two chefs remain. When deciding the winner, the judges consider not only the dessert course, but the entire meal presented by each chef as a whole. The winner receives $10,000.

The panel of three judges changes from week to week, and thus far has drawn from a pool of eleven chefs and restaurateurs: Mark Bittman, Josh Capon, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Aarón Sanchez, Chris Santos, Sue Torres, Jody Williams, and Geoffrey Zakarian.

According to host Ted Allen, the show "was originally meant to be taped at some guy’s mansion with him and his crazy Chihuahua. A stuffy fellow in a tuxedo was to host, and the losing chef’s dish was then fed to the dog". He said that "it was too much for Food Network".[1]

Starting September 8, 2009, and continuing for four episodes, Food Network aired the "Chopped Champions Event", wherein 13 past winners returned and faced off against each other (four per episode) to retain their title of Chopped Champion. The winner of an episode in the event earned an additional $10,000, and the winners of the first three episodes moved on to the next episode to face a new set of three previous champions.

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Chopped
Genre Cooking show
Starring Ted Allen
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
Production
Running time 1 hour
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
Original airing 2009-01-13
External links
Official website

"Chopped" is a reality-themed cooking competition series that airs on Food Network. Four chefs compete in three three rounds or segments on the show: appetizer, entree and dessert. After each round, a chef is then eliminated until there is one winner at the end. The winner receives $10,000. [1] In each round the chefs are given from three to five food items that must be part of their dish. There is a large pantry and refrigerator that the chefs can use in addition to the required items. In each round the chefs are given a limited time to complete their dish. The appetizer part lasts twenty minutes. The entree part lasts thirty minutes and the dessert part lasts twenty minutes. Three guest chefs judge each round.

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