Please be aware this is not a rating of the Chopped series, it actually is a good show. But after watching 5 episodes for "free" on Amazon Prime, all the episodes, of all the seasons suddenly required $1.99 to see EACH one! Amazon Prime sucks, they have done the ole "Bait and Switch".
After turning our cable tv off I realized that I missed all the cooking reality shows. I did a search on my amazon prime and found the series Chopped from the food network. I've really enjoyed this cooking show because it brings chefs from all walks of life and puts them willingly into a pressure packed/timed event where they must use specific ingredients to come up with a meal fit for the title of the "best".
The thing I cannot figure out is often time the chef I like in a specific show ends up getting cut. Or the dishes that look like they will move on get cut, I mean chopped! That may be a result of how the show is produced edited and how the director leads you one way and the outcome is another. But in the end it is an entertaining series and I recommend it for viewing.
I love cooking shows. Chopped is interesting and entertaining. If you are competitive you will like this show. if you're they type that likes to quickly get to the bottom of things and cook fancy things, you will like this show. With only 4 contestants you don't get to know their hearts because the show is fast paced, so they aren't on it for very long. Still you'll find yourself cheering the contestants on and feeling their ups and downs. I only gave it three stars because the judges do not make me fall in love with the show and the show's fast pace isn't my style. For me, something is missing. It is not as exciting nor educational as The Next Master Chef or Hell's Kitchen, but it still may motivate you to be more daring when you cook.
We like the whole Chopped series and have watched it for years. The food created from such unique, and-yes-sometimes disgusting, ingredients is amazing and very skillful. Overall, I recommend foodies of all types to give the series a try but do not to let the personalities get to you. We are growing a bit tired of each episode having three truly talented chefs mixed with one egotistical, self-centered, cocky chef thrown in as the bad guy. This is a cooking competition, not a reality series for goodness sake. Off the soapbox now...
OK, I'll admit it. This is one of my guilty pleasures. The show follows a set formula: Each of four contestants must prepare an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert within a short period of time using some unlikely ingredients that are contained in a "mystery basket." The ingredients might include cotton candy in an appetizer, soy sauce in a dessert or tea leaves in an entrée. Contestants are all proven chefs who must show proficiency, quick-wittedness, dexterity and creativity. With the time clock ticking, all are challenged to produce an outstanding dish using the set ingredients, but they may also use the contents in the pantry and refrigerator to supplement their creations. Frazzled and frenetic, with seconds left to attractively plate the food, the contestants race to wow the judges. After each round, one contestant is eliminated. The winner walks away with $10,000 and the Chopped Championship.
I enjoy watching (sans commercials and minus the long, drawn-out pregnant pauses before the judges' decisions that one must endure during the original broadcasts). There's something to be learned about food ingredients, preparation techniques, and human nature. There's something immensely satisfying about pride and boastfulness being defeated by quiet talent.
This is a good show to have on in the back ground while one is doing other activities. It does not require much engagement to follow.
It is entertaining sporadically throughout an average episode. Some competitor chefs are more amusing than others.
He loves nothing more than to see a braggadocios, over confidant, chef get chopped. Still, if they have the skill to back up their swagger, he likes to see them be successful.
She likes the challenge of trying to create a dish with some of the ridiculous ingredients foisted on the competitors. Even an accomplished chef may have never encountered and not know how to prepare ingredients like rattlesnake.
some reality contest shows are dumb (guy's stupid kitchen, and mean-spirited cutthroats) but a few cooking shows make the trend totally worthwhile. top chef, sweet genius, and chopped are the stars. get me more! edited to add that i'm incredibly disappointed with amazon for abruptly yanking all the chopped episodes off prime and making them pay-per-view. this was one of the main reasons i got prime, and i feel it was bait-and-switch. not at all happy.
Chopped is a must watch if you enjoy eating food. Well that is probably most people. The creativity and talent of the chefs are cool to watch and the judges are not too bad. Anything can happen so that is the interesting part. And some chef are a cut above the other contestants. Dont try it at home. Or maybe it would be an interesting theme. Culinary school here I come.