When it comes to certain professions, it takes years of hard work, grit and mistakes before one can call themselves a master of their craft.
The adults who compete on Chopped have years of experience in the kitchen. The children who compete on Chopped Juniormay not have same amount of years in the kitchen. But they have the same drive, passion and want to succeed.
The premise of Chopped Junior is the same as it’s adult predecessor. Also hosted by Ted Allen, four young chefs must make three distinct meals within a short amount of time. One by one, the contestants are eliminated until one is named the winner and earns $10,000.
What I like about Chopped Junior is that even though the pressure is the same as it is for the adults, the kids are willing to help their fellow contestant. It shows, at least from my opinion, not only how talented and driven these kids are, but how open helping one another succeed.
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.
The stereotype of straight men is they dress like slobs, are useless in the kitchen and generally unable to put themselves together. The stereotype of gay men is very much the opposite.
From 2003 to 2007, Queer Eye was one of Bravo’s biggest hits. It was a rare makeover show that for most of the run, focusing on men. Five gay guys, each with a specialty in a different area, would teach that episode’s subject on how to improve their life. Ted Allen was the food guru. Kyan Douglas was the expert in grooming. Thom Filicia was all about home decor and organization. Carson Kressley was the guide to the world of fashion. Jai Rodriguez’s expertise was in pop culture and relationships.
While the show’s focus was on the makeover of the men, it was much more than just another makeover show. It opened the door just little further to reducing the discrimination toward the LGBTQ community and humanizing what was and unfortunately still is a dehumanized minority.