From the outside looking in, cooking does not look even remotely like a competitive sport. But, in right hands, it can be.
Chopped premiered on The Food Network in 2009 and has since become a staple of their schedule. Hosted by Ted Allen, the premise of the show is as follows: four chefs are given three baskets of ingredients that seem to have nothing in common. From these baskets, each chef must prepare a meal using the basket ingredients as the core of said meal. Their final creations are judged by well-known celebrities from within the food and restaurant world. At the end of each episode, one chef is declared the winner and takes home $10,000.
Chopped is one of those shows that is not the average reality competition show, at least from my perspective. It’s fun to watch and it doesn’t feel like your brain is sucked dry by the end of the show.
Do I recommend it? Yes.