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Monday, November 17

Ted Allen Will Host FN's Chopped

So maybe this is another reason why Ted Allen won't be returning to Top Chef?

Ted Allen was announced as the host of Food Network's new competition-style show Chopped, which I talked about back in August.


Chopped
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!

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18 Comments:

At 11/17/2008 8:34 PM , Blogger Chris said...

lol we did this in culinary school...

 
At 11/17/2008 11:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this show has NO interest for me whatsoevah... none.
specially with ted hosting....

 
At 11/18/2008 9:47 AM , Anonymous lana said...

Oh heck yeah, I'll watch it. At least, I'll watch the first cpl of episodes and see how it goes.

$10k, huh? Wow. Food Network Challenge only pays that much. I hope they don't put the contestants thru the wringer for only $10k - let's hope its all just good competitive fun.

 
At 11/18/2008 10:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for orginality.

Sooo tired of watching and hearing people being sent home or threatened to be sent home.

PBS just gets more attractive every day.

 
At 11/18/2008 10:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, if you consider that to get the $100K a top chef winner has to survive what, 10 rounds over a couple of weeks of taping, a one-day $10K payoff that FN is doing sounds more than fair. Chef only has to make a one day commitment (can't see why it couldn't be shot in a day) so no having to worry about the restaurant or family/relationships back home.

And one in three odds to win 10K vs 1 in say 12 or 13 to win 100K in Top Chef, better odds to win. More likely to get more aspirant chefs interested in trying their skills given the smaller time commitment required.

Yeah it's a copycat but I think it might actually work well.

 
At 11/18/2008 10:42 AM , Blogger JordanBaker said...

Guesses on how long Bravo takes to sue?

 
At 11/18/2008 4:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, this format is really different from Top Chef. It pays $10k PER EPISODE. There are four new chefs on every episode--nobody continues on. They don't live together in a Big Brother house--it all happens in one day--so there's no drama over personality stuff. And if you go to Ted's website (tedallen dot net) you'll read that every challenge features three to five secret ingredients, ALL of which must be use in the dish. As Ted writes, the drama all cmes from your ability to cook with the ingredients--or not. I'm gonna reserve judgement until I see the show.

 
At 11/18/2008 6:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wondered what Ted was doing on the floor at Sunday's Iron Chef America. Now we know, he was prepping for his debut as a host. Thanks for the warning..

J

 
At 11/18/2008 8:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

reading what the shows will be like above makes me more interested.
i just cannot STAND TED.
He is just so......tedfull. tedlike.
eeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
i need TedLess.

 
At 11/18/2008 9:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a cross between Iron Chef and FN Challenge! Boooorriiiiinggg........

 
At 11/19/2008 2:56 PM , Anonymous brian said...

Don't they have a show like this already? I can't even remember what it's called...

 
At 11/20/2008 12:04 AM , Blogger Schottzie03 said...

They've got their skis and leather jackets on, and I think I hear the revving of the boat engine.

 
At 11/20/2008 5:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ted sucks.
that is all

 
At 11/20/2008 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Ted Allen is "Ted" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?? LOL Just a bad robot gone bad ... LOL


I didn't like him on QEFTSG ... I don't like him on ICA ... I can't stand his "Food Detective" show ...

His voice just makes me want to strangle a chicken ...


Why not just give Carson Kressley and Richard Simmons a show on FN ?? They couldn't be any worse than Ted ... LOL



Though, I'd prefer a show with Kyan from "Queet Eye" and Ina's friend TR ...

 
At 12/04/2008 4:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it looks pretty exciting and what a way to immediately show wether or not you can think and cook on your feet. As for the guy who says they were doing things like this in culinary school, true. You also do these things when you're up for a sous or head/exec chef job so it's a fair way to see what kind of chef you really are. I think the fact that all the ingredients have to be used makes it more interesting. At least they don't have time before the show, like in Iron Chef, to figure out what they're going to make. It's all on the fly.

 
At 2/21/2009 1:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting show but it sure needs a host who is not robotic / wooden / automatic in manner and voice. Ted Allen seems unable to actually converse with people on the shows. Watching/listening to him is a painful and awkward experience. He's got fine things to say but doesn't know how to present them, or else thinks that the host of Iron Chef is an indication of how to talk and that's an unfortunate mistake. Bummer. I'd otherwise like this show.

 
At 3/04/2009 6:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted -- you've gotta be a great guy, but being a TV host is not just barking out sentences. Give us some of your personality! Please! Be real, not a caricature. A little warmth goes a long way. I think you'd be great to happy hour with but wow, you've gotta lighten up on Chopped! You can go ahead and talk, you know. It really is not so good for the show when you use your commando voice -- we all lose interest. You've got that warmth and real Ted person in you -- let us see him! It'd be awesome!

 
At 5/18/2010 12:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is I would watch anything that Scott Conent was on..that guy is not only a fantastic chef....but he is sooooo sexy. I wish he would've been made for me..

I love the guy. And Ted is a good host and the show is awesome.

 

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