I love to cook! AND Love all people and walks of life. And I never pull the race I have yet to see someone of African/Caribbean decent win??? What is that! Not a good look Chopped. It would be understood if their food was not judged as delicious. Still a good cook show nonetheless.
I am so sick of the judges saying "you should have done this! you should have done that" Chopped should have a judge cook off. Let 4 of the winners of chopped be the judge. Then they can see its not as easy as they critique
I'd like to remind those of you who believe chopped never lets anyone other than Caucasian chefs win... I'd like to remind you of Madison Cowan. Stop and think to yourself "Oh yeah, I forgot about Not only was he the FIRST grand champion, but he was also black. The second Chopped champion, Danielle Saunders. African American. OOOOOOOH, but they surely wouldn't let another minority into their club of winners, right? Wrong, Third Champion, Jun Tanaka. Asian ethnicity .
Now dry your eyes and stop playing the race card. I've seen Caucasian chefs who have been "screwed" out of their titles. Race makes absolutely no difference in this, it's simply due to the fact that their food was sub-par compared to other competitors. Are the judges jerks? Yeah, they are. You obviously have never worked in a professional kitchen if you think that's not normal.
I can't stand any sort of scripted reality show and so I avoided Chopped up until just recently. One day I sort of came across it during a Summer lull and found it's far from a "reality" show. I really like the format for the most part because it leaves very little time for fake drama and theatrics. The judges are still a little phony with their pros and cons, and they have to throw in the insulting music changes whenever something negative is said, but overall it feels more like a real competition that is civil and focused.
I'd prefer the judges stop making statements and critiques that hang there awkwardly for dramatic effect (or possibly they stop editing it that way if that's what is going on) but overall it's better than all the other crape out there from American Idol and Survivor to Storage Wars and the Duck/Beard show.
My wife and I have been die hard viewers of the chopped. We never missed an episode, until Chef Maneet Chauhan became a full time judge on the show. We have nothing against the lady's ethnicity. I am Asian and have many Indian friends. It is the arrogant composure of Chef Maneet Chauhan that gives us the chills. So now every episode where she is one of the judges is a miss for us.
Chopped is our favorite family show. However, we were disappointed in the episode where the fans picked the basket. The baskets seemed to be the most difficult items that people could think of, instead of items that the contestants could work with. When the judges don't even want to try it, you have a serious problem.
It was extremely unfair of Scott to call someone's food inedible when they had to work with this dog's breakfast of a basket.
Theses judges are racist! PERIOD!!! I watched the Grilltastic show today at 7:00. It was a horrible shame that the African American guy was the only contestant to transform his tofu. The judges raved about it and turned around and stabbed the poor guy in his back by eliminating him. Pathetic!!!!! This is not my first concern about this issue and I am done watching this show. There are no need for your comments on my post. I do not know you and you do not know me. I am entitle to MY opinion. FIX IT FOOD IS JUST TOO OBVIOUS!!!!!
I love "Chopped". I tape all shows so I don't miss them. I almost always agree with the judges BUT the show Sweet Second Chances was NOT based on what the judges had said about the 3 courses. Even the winner said he didn't win but Johann won and he gave her the money to go see her Grandmother. You 3 judges made a huge mistake and I am SURE you know it. What the heck happened???? It was almost enough to make me quit watching the show. Shame shame on you 3.
I like the show overall, but my only quibble is the fact that the judges have to go back and re-evaluate the previous meals. The chefs where already critiqued with those meals. With the last challenge, they need to be evaluated with that solely without going back to their previous dishes. That will really make and break them.
What you have to know is this - the producers have little ear mics in the judges ears and tell them to say negative things, to "Critique" the dishes. So that no dish gets all positive. Also, the judges discuss the dishes for a very long time before determining who is sent home. Due to TV, they can not show all of the discussions and sometime arguements. Second, these judges have developed palettes to taste every spice, every ingredient, after all that is their job on the show and in their own business. For those who don't like a judge (Chris Santos, Jeffery Zakarian, etc) not all they say is their own words, again, the producers have great input and make these guys the fall guys. I know for a fact Chris Santos is a teddy bear. As for all the remarks on racism, get a life. Just because the "Black, Latino, Asian, guy/girl doesn't win, doesn't make it about race. Puleeze!!!! If one person is ethnic and other 3 are caucasion, that person has 25% chance to win - get over it. Many ethnic races win. As for women, this is a man dominated occupation, so if you want to hang with the big boys you better bring it. I am a woman, I would like to see all women win, but only if they deserve it. Nuff Said
I love Chopped It is fun to watch and interesting to see what the contestants can make out of such wierd ingredients. Lets have more Chopped episodes and less diner and dives shows. Its getting tiring.
I think the show is unfair to African Americans I was just watching the show and the black made a taco and they like it but they didn't like that he didn't heat the tortilla and the other guy they said his was over cook and was not tasty but he had a good presentation I thought this was a cooking show how can u win with a presentation and bad food I was disappointed a black person never won chopped and I see why
i don't see how this show is misogynistic or racist. people of multiple ethnicities win all the time, women win just as often as men (when compared to the statistics of how many men there are vs women in the kitchen--which yes, is less.. sorry kids), and all the judges have incredibly successful restaurants. the show is produced almost entirely by women, including the people on the very top, with only one man listed as a producer. the story does get repetitive, yes, but that's a formula that works or else so many people wouldn't keep watching it. no need to bring your own racism, sexism, or other form of bias into it.
It seems the more I watch, the more I realize that it is very biased against the women chefs. I know that the majority of chefs in restaurants are men. Most shows start out with 1 women and the rest men. In the first round, the woman is the first to go much of the time, even when their mistakes are less than the others. It seems like women are only wanted on the show to go through the motions of having women players and the men (white men) are often excused from same or worse mistakes than the them. It has become very obvious that this is the way they role on here... don't know how much longer I will watch this. And I agree that Zakarian is nasty sometimes with people he doesn't "like"
Judge Zakarian has no right to sit on the panel ! His obvious dislike of the English female chef on last night's show, was sickening to watch. His comments about her talking and messiness were completely unprofessional and made me very angry. A very small minded man . I hope he is replaced ! He wouldn't have like Julia Child !!!
Shocking decision on part of judges. Sickening. Male chauvinist to the extreme. Horrible decision. You know she was the better performer. Hands down she deserved to win. She is clearly an amazing chef- Wonder if male judges have chip on shoulder where she is concerned because she is not intimidated? Male judges seem to have a serious man crush on Jun. and taken by his accent and demeanor. Most disappointing episode ever. Getting so tired of male dominated approach to judging food on this show.
I love this show! I continue to be amazed by the talent these chefs have. I must say the show is missing an important rule, once a chef cuts themselves they should be forced to walk over to a medic and be properly bandaged. How is it ok for these people who are dripping blood to prepare food for another person to eat? I'm sorry, the plastic glove isn't doing it for me. Aside from that it's a fantastic idea for a show and I watch it all the time.
I can't stand it when the chef's are asked why they're on the show and they break down crying and say it's in memory of their dying parent, sick kid, poor childhood-who cares----it's as if they're begging for sympathy-just cook! The show is great-no need for sad sob stories.
I could never come up with the cooking ideas these cooks come up with. I just want to say that if a person could come on this show and get kicked off in the first round, they are still doing more then what I could do. Cheers to you people..
I think it would be fare if someone cuts themselves then they should get a 5 minute cleanup time to correct the problem. It seems really unlucky that a potential winner looses a chance at winning because they are bleeding.
Love the show; it amazes me how anybody can create an edible dish with the bizarre combinations of ingredients they get. Some advice to the contestants: do not attempt to cook rice--it won't cook in time and you will be CHOPPED! A substitute, if available--orzo pasta. Also, do NOT use Truffle oil, I think every contestant who has used it gets CHOPPED! I also suggest if contestants know who the judges are ahead of time that they research their likes and dislikes. I think the Jeoffrey guy hates green peppers, black pepper, and someone--maybe still him--hates red onions. Seems like when he's a judge, if those items get into the dishes, the chef who prepared it gets CHOPPED! Additionally, the round that is beginning to bore me is the dessert round. I am tired of bread pudding. Contestants--please plan ahead and have an adaptable dessert idea if you make it to the final round that doesn't utilize bread. Like, how about a parfait, a mousse, a crunch, or poached fruit? I also think it would be cool if the show would eventually, even just once a year, have a fan competition and allow fans who are not chefs, caterers, or cooks compete. Maybe a celebrity competition, too.
I have been watching Chopped for such a long-time and the only judge that I feel is unfair is the mexican judge Arone Sanchaz. He will support his race no matter what. See I am spanish,indian and black. I live in San Diego California and I know how mexcian stick together no matter what, if it was not for the other judges all the mexicans that came threw chopped Arone would vote for no matter what. The spanish is tought to stick by your culture no matter what.
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