Get on Food Network’s “Chopped”
Love Food Network’s hit reality cooking show “Chopped?” Here is a chance to get cast on “Chopped” even if you are not a professional chef.
Food Network is planning lots of special episodes and now casting non-professional cooks, foodies and folks who would just love to show off their kitchen skills on national TV.
Chopped is a high speed culinary competition which challenges contestants to cook up a great dish in a short amount of time. Competitors must plan, prep, cook and serve a dish incorporating mystery ingredients provided by the show. Those mystery ingredients provide quite the twist as competitors are made to use items such as gummy bears in their appetizers, powdered donuts in their entrees and green beans in their desserts.
4 chefs / cooks begin the challenge and only 2 will make it to the final dessert round. In each round the cooks have to use all the ingredients the show provides them and complete the challenge within the allotted time which is 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the course they are cooking. At the end of each course, a panel of three guest judges “chops” one chef who fails to measure up in terms of taste, presentation and creativity. The last chef standing takes home bragging rights and a cool $10,000. Ted Allen hosts and the judges on the panel are constantly changing. Dozens of well known chefs, food critics and Food Network stars have served as past judges. The judging panel has included Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sanchez, Chris Santos, Marcus Samuelsson, Maneet Chauhan, Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Jet Tila and Michelle Bernstein.
Chopped is cooking up a lot of SPECIALS!
- College Undergrads
- Diner Cooks
- Religious Leaders/Clergy
- Moms, Dads, Grandparents
- Interesting and Unusual Culinary Stories
Are you ready to hear Ted Allen’s intro live and in person… “There are three rounds: Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert. Each round comes with its own basket of mystery ingredients and you must use every ingredient in the basket in some way. Also available to you, our pantry and fridge. Each round is timed. When the clock runs out, our judges will critique your work on presentation, taste and creativity. If your dish doesn’t cut it, you will be chopped.”
Non-professional cooks may apply for upcoming special episodes by filling out an application form found on the Food Network site. See here for the form. Chopped is also casting professional chefs who would like to compete on upcoming episodes of the series. Amateur chefs and special episodes may see this page for further details. Pro chefs may see this page for further details.
Be sure to also check out all of the other Food Network cooking shows now casting.