Monday, November 17
Ted Allen was announced as the host of Food Network's new competition-style show Chopped, which I talked about back in August.
Premieres: Tuesday, January 13th at 10pm ET/PT
Passion and expertise rule the kitchen on the fast-paced new series, Chopped. Hosted by Ted Allen (Food Detectives), the series challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. After each course, a contestant gets "chopped" until the last man or woman left standing claims victory. Each week, a rotating panel of culinary elite judges including Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez, and Geoffrey Zakarian will decide whose dishes shine the brightest and award the winner $10,000.
This sounds like a much better fit for Ted. We already know how he is on a food competition show, so this should be no sweat. And I know I'm making the Top Chef comparison above, but it's really not all that surprising that a cable network would create a "copycat" show. Anyone following the Project Runway scandal between Bravo and Lifetime? Bravo already has several "copycat" shows in the bag if PR really does leave for the other network.
People may complain, but the fact is people watch and get much more into these types of shows than traditional, instruction-based cooking shows. Sorry peeps, but it's true.
Still... the $100,000 prize on that other show just sounds a bit more tempting that the $10K Chopped is apparently offering. Oh well... looking forward to Ted, at least!