I love Chopped & I watch the show often! I am quite disturbed at how often the rules change & you can be sure the African American chefs are going home!! If you leave out ingredients, you shouldn't be able to move on! I just want to see more African American chefs win. The show I just watched, the chef had poor presentations, no creativity, entree meal was huge-but he won! Doesn't make sense!!
I have been an avid chopped viewer since season one. I am extremely unhappy with the fact that you say, in the beginning of each show, that you must use everything in your basket and then when people don't, sometimes you let them move through to the next round. This is incredibly wrong. Must means MUST,no matter if someone is a better chef or not they MUST use all of the ingredients. I will soon be discontinuing watching your show if this policy continues. You are entirely inconsistent when it comes to this matter.
Fisrt show the Black fireman was eliminated his meat over cooked but so was another
Next show a White lady left off her almonds; she won the show against a Black whose food was just as good and he didn't miss any ingredients.
Next show a White left off ingredient the judge said that was a terrible error and was chopped
I like the show but didn't realize how racist the judges were. I won't watch when Black chiefs are on because I know the outcome! Shame on the judges! It's insulting to listen to them make up reasons to chop the Blacks. Aired 11/6
First off, I would like to say this is one of my favorite shows. Right now as I am writing this, I am watching your Halloween Episode. What I would love to see would be everyday wives/husbands doing these challenges. There are lots of us out there that are good cooks and are just as creative using the basket ingredients. (I am not saying this for me, because I could not maneuver around the kitchen that fast anymore, am disabled). Also, why is it when a cook gets into a bind they always seem to turn to arugula? I think unless you have arugula in the basket it should not be able to be used.Keep the show showing.... it has given me some great ideas for cooking with. One idea is that I had a mystery ingredient given to me. A three pound container of mango puree. Not wanting to let it go to waste I finally decided to make a jam with it. Then when in the frig realized I had a large bowl of fresh jalapenos from my garden. So with the taste testing done by my husband (you can't make it hot enough for him) I made a hot jalapeno mango jam. The mango puree mainly acting as a base. Needless to say, I have a jam that I can use for cooking with also. Heat from your food needs to be balanced. Watching your show and listening to my husband, I have learned how to use cracked red pepper, not so much to add heat, but to strenghten the taste that is already there.
Why are the chefs being judge in the final round on more than the dessert they made? My point being if they are in the dessert round that's what they should be judged on not the appetizer or entree, they were already judged on those.
Judges get off your high horses and grow some backbones. If you can't handle the heat then get out of the kitchen literally. What kind of a chef or judge compares hot chiles to shards of glass? You guys actually chopped her for putting pieces of ghost chile in her stir fry which actually was one of the four ingredients? And the irony is you kept the one who failed to get all the ingredients on the plates TWICE. The ghost chile is here to stay, what are you guys, chickens?
Did you even stop to think that a judge or judges going into an extreme hot chile induced HOT OUT will shoot your ratings through the roof? WTH is wrong with you guys, man? Toughen up!
These judges either need to get used to it or move aside and let more cultured judges do a fair job... chickens. ..lol.
I think it's awesome watching people compete on chopped. But some of the judges are unfair, it's like you can guess who is gonna go home & who is gonna win. But idc i like this show because people can get creative with their cooking & i like to cook :)
I like the concept of the show. I watch a lot of shows from Food Network. What I dislike immensely about Chopped is that judging is quite unfair. It seems like I can pretty much predict who will win by who has the "saddest" story. Take for instance the "Chopped: Teenager chefs." The black girl won because her brother died recently. If you watched the whole episode, you can see by her facial expressions from judges comments that her food was not the best, i.e. under season, sauce did not stick with chicken, crepe was sloppy. Yet she was the champion because the others did not have a "sadder" story. That is crap! Chefs (young and adults) should be judged honestly by their skills and not because judges feel bad about them!
the guys is the biggest ass.. just because you don't like red onions doesn't mean you can tear apart someone's dish, they are not your personal chef! props to the guy that used raw red onion twice in episode "in a pinch" > in yo face!
I was just watching the current episode on TV, and had to switch to other programs. I don't understand, for the entree part, the female chef completely messed up the duck breast, which I think is the most important component of the entree. She simply didn't have time to cook the duck breast. But she wasn't chopped!! The chef who was chopped cooked perfect duck breast, only one piece of potato was raw taste. This is not fair. I bet the judges can enjoy their raw duck breast with large portion of raw fat on it. But I cannot!
One of the rules is that all the ingredents have to be used in so way. Why is it that a chef that uses all their ingredents is chopped when another chef forgets one. I don't think that is right. Go by the rules.
This show had the 2 chefs from Boston. The "Expert Judges" are to be fair when they do their PAID job.... right? So you keep a chef who had two Big Major mistakes on the main dish and you still chopped an up coming young chef who did everything right. Yep that's normal for Paid Experts who do it for their bosses to keep the show ratings up. More can be said but why? this might not be posted for telling the truth.
I watched this show from the very start. I remember the food network when Sara Moulton and David Horowitz were the big cheeszes. The ridiculous number of rehash shows have finally bored me to not tuning in much any more. This show in particular is so slanted to favor blacks and other now favored ethnicities. The New Orleans episode was the last straw to give the nod to the least competent chef simply because she gained notoriety during Katrina ended it for me.
I love chopped. It is always exciting and different.
I do kinda agree about not asking each chef what they'd do with the winnings. I know the judges are very fair, but sometimes it seems like they favor some of the sob stories from the contestant chefs. Ask the winner instead. I hope chopped never ends. I have it set to automatically record all the new shows. Food Network is probably the most watched tv channel for me. I never cook a recipe I have seen, but I do enjoy watching others cook. I rarely cook anything because I am disabled and cannot stand very long at one time. FNC keep up the great shows.
i do wish that ted allen would not ask the contestants what would they do with the money. they start crying and talking about their family. and they seem to win. that is not fair. do not ask them what will they do with the money! the cooks need to cook with hair nets and sweat bands. that is so unsanitary!
I love this show.At the strangest times I find myself trying to think of 4 ingredients and what I would do with them.I know- crazy.I wish they would just have regular people competing sometimes.People who just love to cook and can whip up something that tastes great from everyday ingredients , even leftovers.
lets face it we are all getting bored with chopped witch is sad because i like the show but it getting to be the same old same old the wrong cheifs are costantly being kicked off is the same type of contestants same old competetion i have a list of things that chopped could do to improve there show and if they want to they will and i hope they do because its becoming more and more boring an unfair
let's be realistic for a second: the best chefs don't win anymore
the winners are almost always the people with a sad personnal story...
my tip for future contestant: stop believing that's it's a cooking contest, it's NOT!
it's a tv show!!!
if you don't have a sad or difficult past, invent yourselves one! put yourselves in the position of the TV viewers and try to come-up with a story that would make the viewers go like: "wow, poor guy, I'd really want him to win, he deserves it so much"
I love the show idea but as time goes on the judges seem to be voting for who they want to win rather than who should win. It's the kiss of death on this show to say you are good at something or that you teach. The only judge I really like and that I trust as credible is Zakarian and he is rarely on anymore.
on the July 19th episode of chopped, the contestant Sammy was a winner, but he didnt show humality to the loser/ It was not necessary for him to laugh at the other cook--and he could have kept the smart remarks to himself . its upsetting to some who watched the show- it was not appreciated that he pointed his finger and made faces at the losing cook--Otherwise I do enjoy the show and watch it all the time
I don't know when this particular show aired . . . I watch Chopped in Kuwait and there are long spells when we don't get it and then suddenly we get the same show several times a day -- no matter, I enjoy it.
But someone should tell Judge Scott that he's NOT the be-all end-all authority when it comes to pasta. There are people who just might like things a little differently than the way he does, or even differently than what may be "correct" by his standards. In this particular show the chefs cooked pasta and some of it ended up in clumps that could have been avoided -- but -- my grandmother came from Italy as a teenager and undoubtedly made the best pasta in the world -- 2x a week she made it fresh. On Sundays after mass we would go to her house to collect a huge roaster of homemade spaghetti and meatballs and take it to our house for our lunch. My sisters and I used to pray that some of grandma's spaghetti would be in clumps and then we would fight for those clumps. We loved them. Grandma's sauce was also spectacular, always homemade, of course. When I eat spaghetti I still look for clumps and would fight anyone for them. Yea, maybe they don't look pretty, maybe they are raw (grandma's were always cooked) and maybe they're not what Judge Scott prefers -- but some of us don't mind clumps and if I were a judge I'd give points to any chef who produced some clumps. Scott is the most annoying of the judges in my opinion, though Alex runs a second to him. You could replace both of them and the show would be more enjoyable.
Also, perhaps someone could tell the judges that it's okay to "commend" chefs. Why do so many of them say, "I have to commend you for . . . " Why "have to"? Is it painful? Why not be pleased that someone pleased you! "I really want to commend you for . . . " Because you don't "have to" do anything. And if they earned it, why make it sound like you begrudge them the points?
Yankies do you not know that you must purge live crawfish in fresh water? I love the show but sometimes the judges have no clue as to how somethings are suppose to be pre-prepared. Maybe not so much the judges, as it could be the sole person throwing the ingreds. in the basket. Yeah, cooked crawfish that was not purged will be bad and full of mud unless all you use is the tails, But still will hold a mud farm raised flavor.
Love the show. Last nights female contender who claimed she was greatly disappointed that there were no female judges since her food was geared toward the "female pallet"....was glad to see this sexist idiot get chopped first. Wow!
I do like most "reality" shows that involve food. (Although I don't know what drugs the person was on that put "the chew" on the air.... MUST be a relative of a network bigwig. Yes, it is that bad).
On a lighter note:Have always like Ted Allen. His perspective, as depicted by his words, at least in the past, have always been as if he was involved. Just watched "Pepper on top" episode....I hope I was not the only one that thought that he was just there wishing that he could have cancelled out all three of the chefs competing or found some gutsier judges. Whazup???? Really.
Hello out there!?!? Am I the only one that is not impressed with Mr. Hollywood(???)...who is he??? PLEASE!!! The woman? It started to be apparent in this episode that the dark haired Don Juan could have cooked up anything and she would have 'just loved it'...coo...coo...coo. Come on. That makes only one judge available for the reality part of the show....with the exception of Ted.
You know what I, and I am sure MANY others, would like to see????? The judges being faced with the whole mystery box challenge ordeal. But the box ingredients must be chosen by 12 randomly chosen viewers, and judged by 12 completely different viewers. HELLO NETWORK!!! That would be a Chopped episode to be remembered. This is the reason why: Too many times I hear all the ways that they feel that the contestants should probably be fixing up the given ingredients. Is it really the point to be the best guesser, as a contestant, to just produce what you figure the judges want to see???
Change it up. Or in this case, put it in the blender and make it alittle SAUCIER!!!!!!!!!
At least on FoodNetworkStar the judges aren't afraid to say bye bye to a bad dish....and can definitely spot an inedible one.
Love, love, LOVE Chopped! The fact that the Chopped Kitchen has become the proving ground that sends even Iron Chefs running for cover is really cool. It was also amazing to see a Chopped Challenge on Next Food Network Stars; the respect for the show is obvious. Is there an archive of the recipes that the judges really like? One critique would be the inclusion of overly emotional stories from contestants. Like to hear their backgrounds but I don't need to hear the sad stories throughout the entire show - only about the food in the Chopped Kitchen. There are also too many chefs sliding through after leaving out an ingredient; should be zero tolerance on that. All in all one of my favorite shows!
yea i was watching your show today and a female judge said the bacon was raw-she crazy.that bacon would have done fine on toast,lettuce,and tomato sandwich.if your judges i think are all northern yankees they would starve to death if they came down here and tried to eat our way of cooking.ya's appetizers would tick us off.if i wanted a dad burn snack we'd eat a snickers-our appetizer can feed atleast 3 people..the cooking on the show looks good but small portions come on..ps not everybody likes bacon burnt crisp either!!!! try our style southern cooking then be a judge--you might be surprised..from jw in north carolina--also so bet none of yall even know what good old neese's livermush taste like or grits
I love the show but get frustrated when a contestant is unable to complete their preferred dish because there are not enough basic ingredients or equipment. A few suggestions:
Have enough basic ingredients. In one show a contestant was unable to make the desert they wanted because there were no more eggs. No more eggs?A contestant shouldn't lose because there are not enough essential ingredients.
Have enough equipment - On one show both contestants wanted to make ice cream but there was only one machine so the contestant had to try something else. A contestant shouldn't lose becasue there aren't two ice cream machines. Let the best ice cream win.
Have better ovens and preheat them-On many shows contestants lost or had to put things on a pan because the oven wasn't hot enough. How about preheating the ovens to at least 350 or 400 before the show starts and get stoves that have a convection feature. The best food should win. Contestants shouldn't lose because the ovens aren't hot enough.
That's my two cents. I love the show and the time pressure which makes it fun. If you can give the contestants better tools to compete I think it would be even better. Thanks.
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