Each episode of Chopped consists of four competing chefs. At the end of each round, one contestant's dish is placed on "the Chopping Block," indicating that they've been eliminated. According to FAQ-ANS, losing chefs receive $1,000 for appearing on the show.
Of all the Food Network shows, Chopped has a pretty simple concept: Four contestants duke it out in an appetizer, entrée, and dessert round. Oh, and they have to incorporate mystery ingredients into each dish...and they only have 30 minutes.
There is a fairly lengthy amount of time between when the contestants finish and when all the dishes are done being judged. Expect each tasting to take at least 15 minutes per dish. That means a minimum of 45 mins between finishing and the judges getting to taste the last contestant's dish during the first course.
We send that fourth plate directly to my dressing room, where I consume it completely every single round. … We need the fourth plate, because if someone gets Chopped I have to have a plate underneath the cloche when I lift it, and you don't want a plate that's already been half-eaten, so that's the main thing.
On Set of the Chopped Kitchen Located in New York City at Food Network's headquarters, the Chopped set features a judges' table, a hanging clock, and culinary work stations.
The leftover food on the show is put to good use Basically, any remaining items or those left unused that haven't expired yet are given to local food banks. Dishes that have already been created also aren't scrapped (if they haven't been eaten, that is). Nope, the crew members have also found a solution for that, too.
Ted Allen on Twitter: "Yes, our team cleans whole #Chopped kitchen between every round, @CristinaDay99. They nail it in about 15 minutes!" / Twitter.
Nobody actually eats the food you see on TV Judges on contest-style shows don't actually eat the food you see cooked and plated. That version gets thrown away. And a different version is cooked specifically for them to take two or three bites (and then throw away). Plus, many dishes you see on TV are actually inedible.
Dishwasher Leigh DowlingDishwasher Leigh Dowling is one of over 200 crew that make the MasterChef dream a reality. "Leigh washes everything you see," executive producer Margaret Bashfield reveals. "He's the happiest bloke on the team, even when he gets pots that are horribly burnt on the bottom."
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