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Wednesday, February 4

Ted Allen's 'Chopped' Picked Up for 26 More Episodes

I've been a bad Chopped watcher. I don't think I've even seen an episode all the way through. It's sad, I know. I should just set the TiVo.

Anyhow, I'll have a lot more episodes to watch soon, as the Ted Allen-hosted competition was just picked up for 26 more episodes.


"I’m pleased to report that “Chopped” is doing great in the ratings, and that Food Network has ordered a new season of 26 episodes! We start shooting March 30, a week after we wrap season two of “Food Detectives” (no rest, as they say, for the wicked), and the network will have them on the air sometime this summer," writes Ted on his official blog.

Those casting directors will have their work cut out for them. Since each self-contained episode features 4 chef competitors, that means they gotta find 104 new contestants!

Good luck!

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45 Comments:

At 2/04/2009 9:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Ted isn't the most engaging of hosts, the show itself is actually pretty good. The epi this week won by Einat had me watching the entire time.

And given how many chefs and aspiring chefs there likely are in the metro NYC area alone, I doubt there will be much difficulty finding contestants, especially for a $10K prize in this economy.

They just need to retweak Ted's role in this so he doesn't come off like a reject from the William Shatner school of hosting.

 
At 2/04/2009 9:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am not a big fan of Ted, but it is a pretty darn good show. I think Ted's role is fine because he is a bit in the background, which is good because a host should be in the background.

J

 
At 2/04/2009 11:09 PM , Blogger ChristopherM said...

See, I think the show isn't particularly compelling, but that Ted is in general a good host!

 
At 2/05/2009 12:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the show. It's always fun watching a chef think on the fly. Ted is annoying, but tolerable. One thing I would change about the show is the ingredients -- they often give them three things that match, with one odd food. I wish they would expand into different, weirder foods. The first episode had octopus. They should throw a bit more of that in there to make it more challenging.

 
At 2/05/2009 8:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the show is pretty good. It is fun to watch.

 
At 2/05/2009 8:59 AM , Anonymous Laura said...

I've only watched a portion of the show, but I like it better than TNFS. That's just getting a little crazy to me. And Oh..the drama...

 
At 2/05/2009 10:43 AM , Anonymous Lana said...

Amen Laura! And we have TNFNS to look forward to soon, too. Already there are newspapers announcing who the competitors will be - priming us for that (ahem) drama.

Chopped is a good show. Not stellar, not A-Maz-Ing!! Just a reasonably good show. Sure, it's alot like URS meets Iron Chef meets Top Chef - but it's almost like it takes some of the best of each, peels it down to a palatable size and serves it up in a tasty bite.

(oh shit, I'm waxing culinary poetic. ye gods. I need to start posting on non-food blogs ... are there any?)

 
At 2/05/2009 4:13 PM , Anonymous mikeyC said...

I like the show. I'm glad it got renewed. Yeah, it's not the best show in the world, but it's definitely enjoyable to watch and it's fun seeing what chefs can come up with...

 
At 2/05/2009 5:09 PM , Blogger ibcheft said...

I like the concept of the show, and the chefs actually cooking something, but Ted well I keep falling asleep, he is just so monotone and boring, but than so are the judges. I agree with the post that mentions they need to change the ingredients, throwing that one that is way off the wall, it makes the show unrealistic. Give us something that we would really cook, not some off the wall chit, who would put cereal in with there dinner ?

 
At 2/05/2009 7:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted talks to the camera not to the people watching. It is not easy- but if you do not connect you are toast.

 
At 2/06/2009 10:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Ted is not as his best when sporting the "fierce", stentorian judgy vibe he's apparently supposed to as host. He seems like he's having a ball when he's chatting with the judges and the chefs, which is no surprise. But the "drama" of lifting that stupid cover off the losing dish makes me laugh, and not in a good way. His little lips disappear inside a pucker! You can tell he's uncomfortable and it looks so low budget. I guess it's an attempt at doing something more original than just saying the chopped chef's name, but oy! There's gotta be a better way. Also the chef judges should be tagged better. Nobody outside of New York knows who most of these chefs are, and they're terrific, so a nameplate under their pics would help everybody.

 
At 2/10/2009 8:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, great! MORE of FN's gay cooking competitions stay on the air! Joy! *roll eyes*

 
At 2/21/2009 7:23 PM , Anonymous Manuel said...

I'm a Food Network representative. Food Network is casting chefs for season 2 of "Chopped." Season 2 is 26 episodes. 4 chefs each episode. We need about 105 chefs for this season. If any chef in the NYC area is interested please apply at wwww.foodnetwork.com/chopped You can gain publicity and possibly win $10,000!!!

 
At 3/04/2009 1:54 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

I have one concern with Chopped that is disappointing, given that otherwise I really enjoy the show. Every episode has featured 3 men and 1 woman. Not just the occasional 'well, the majority of our applicants are men, "coincidence"--but a consistent decision to weight the gender balance. This is surprising, because other Food Network shows, for instance most of the Food Network Challenge episodes, compose at least an even gender balance. What is most surprising to me is that Ted is gay, and though I know it's not fair to hold him to a stereotypical standard, I would just generally expect gay men to be more sensitive to inequalities. Anyway, I think it would be great if Chopped started ensuring an even gender balance. I love women. Women who love cooking understand the history of women who were expected to be the sole chef in often large households. Chopped should honor the legacy of women by featuring more on their show.

 
At 7/08/2009 2:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this show is absurd and so are the judges! I want to see them prepare the meals clean, tasteful and well done in so little time. Not only do they humiliate the contestants by these so called profesional chefs.

 
At 7/09/2009 8:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree w anonymous 7/8/209pm. They seem to be the most condensending morons I have misfortune to watch. Manuel states: I'm a Food Network representative. Food Network is casting chefs for season 2 of "Chopped." Season 2 is 26 episodes. 4 chefs each episode. We need about 105 chefs for this season. I have a great idea; put together 3 to 6 past winners and let them judge these self proclaimed chefs. I would love too see the fat one from Butters or the complete a hole, bald w/numerous tattos compete.

 
At 8/18/2009 12:20 AM , Blogger Margaret said...

I keep watching Chopped, and I keep getting frustrated by it. It's too short a time to prepare anything reasonably well, the judges are far to condescending (these are established chefs they are judging, not greenhorns), and then the judges make nonsensical decisions. Last episode for instance, Li was chopped because his crepe broke, while the other dude didn't get chopped for committing what I think is the ultimate cardinal sin of cooking - overdone broccoli! It's crazy. But I'll keep watching. Maybe I just want to see how many "pickles up their arses" the judges can manage.

 
At 1/05/2010 11:36 PM , Blogger Kellie said...

I love Chopped! We even have dinner parties where we play Chopped at home. We send the kids into the grocery store and they choose mystery ingredients. Its the adults job to prepare a 3 course meal. And the kdis are the judges. Its a fun event for the entire family.

 
At 1/05/2010 11:50 PM , Blogger Kellie said...

In the Flower Power episode, Marc Murphy was rude to Chef Lola! He was nasty! He should apologize for it. There is constructive criticism to help someone to be better. But he was embarrassing. So what if she threw garbage on the floor. It was entertainment. He should have made a comment like next time please put a trash bag on the floor, and then hint to respecting the kitchen by keeping it clean. I found it to be part of her personality and funny. This program a game - Mr. Murphy. She is on the show to win $10,000. Plus, the purpose of the show is to provide entertainment to the viewers. I was entertained, and then I felt awful watching you ridicule her on air. I was embarrassed for you Mr. Murphy. I hope you watch this show and reflect on how you behaved and treat others. A little upset, because I love this show and you brought hostility in it.

 
At 1/16/2010 11:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This show is good overall, but some of the judges are full of it! In one episode a guy who did not even finish his dessert won over a person who plated everything and all tasted well. One of the judges put the person who had plated early on the spot, asking him to allow the person who did not finish to be able to plate all of his food, after replying " what is plated on time is what is to be judged", he immediately took on the role as the bad guy. I thought this was very cowardly of the judge to place the pressure on the contestant who completed his work on time to do. There is no reason for a person who competed all the tasks on time to lose to a person who did not finish at all. This can only be viewed as politics taking place in so called "non-bias" judgment.

 
At 1/27/2010 10:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if new episodes of Chopped are airing right now?

Thanks!

 
At 2/14/2010 8:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I think the guy who didn't get to plate his dessert won because his dishes were better overall - at least that's what they claimed, and I thought it sounded pretty valid. But you're right, it was terrible the way he put him on the spot - if the competition rules are you can only serve what you get on your plate in time, then if those rules are bent should not be put in the hands of the other competitor - it's just unprofessional.

I saw the ep. with chef Lola last night..that was so sad to watch! He talked to her like a child, I felt insulted just watching it. She didn't even do anything wrong...and if it wasn't 'a game' as she stated and really was a dead-serious no-nonsense competition, no-one would watch it and he wouldn't get paid so he should just shut up and eat the food lol! Anyways, I missed the final minutes of that one - did Lola end up winning??

 
At 2/21/2010 6:18 AM , Blogger gweduck said...

I enjoy watching the chefs and I can deal with Ted. My problem is with the judges!!! They are inconsistant and the rules seem to change every week. One judge doesn't like red oinion, and he makes it clear. Another contestant was called out for using red pepper in both his appetizer and entree. I have seen the judges comment on the use of spices. Hello - you just gave them foods they never heard of and they put and a dish in front of you and all you can do is say "It's to spicey." Or Are you going to use oinion in the dessert too?
The judges need to be more consistant and put their own "personal" tastes aside.

 
At 3/31/2010 2:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time I watch this show, it seems like the women chefs are eliminated early, and (from what I can see) unfairly, while men who make serious errors are waved through to the next round.

WTF, Food Network?

 
At 4/24/2010 4:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont like how you the judges are cheating chefs that are truely cooking better dishes. It is wrong and does not show true judging of the entire meals. It seems that the judges award the winner by who they think needs the money more. Episode 44 was a prime example of this. All that could be said was woooooow. The judges should be disgusted with themselves for not choosing the correct person with the best progression and meals. This was not an isolaited incident. I hope Iron chef does not go down this path.

 
At 4/30/2010 8:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Chopped! The chef contestants are real, the show is entertaining, the judges are awesome, Ted Allen is a fantastic host and I certainly hope is it on the air for a very long time. I have learned some great cooking tips and discovered some new foods for use in my own kitchen. Thank you Food Network...keep up the good work!!

 
At 5/20/2010 2:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great show. Comment of the series.."her use of cheese and fish was irresponsible"....never mind the raw onions issue. Love to hate the pompous jerk. Keep it coming.

 
At 5/23/2010 4:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've also noticed the 3 men and 1 woman pattern of every episode, but on top of that, it seems like the women ALWAYS get chopped in the second round. It's like, "Well, chopping them in the first round would make us seem biased, so..." But I've watched about 20 episodes, and only twice have women made it to dessert. And they've never won.

Patterns are evil folks.

 
At 6/02/2010 1:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved Chopped!! I think it's fun and I'm amazed at the talent of these chefs given the aburd combination of foods they're given and the short amount of time to come up with something edible. Hats off to all of them...Ted is a great host and why on earth was his sexual orientation ever brought up? It has nothing to do with the show. He does a great job. I guess I never paid much attention because I am always drooling over Scott Conant....don't worry Scott...I'm female.

 
At 6/02/2010 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show is great. They need to clean up some of the contestants. They are sweaty. On one show a contestant had a sweat bead right on the end of his nose ready to drip into the food. I about gagged. I feel for the judges having to eat everything these guys handle. Few wear gloves and they touching their hair and rubbing the sweat in their hands. I'm always amazed when the judges say the dish needs more salt because with all that sweat flowing in there it's got to be sweaty enough. I get pissed when some of the contestants smile when their co-competitors are getting reamed or when they get chopped. I wish I could like to flick a boogar in their dish when they do that.

 
At 6/04/2010 9:29 PM , Blogger David said...

After watching tonight grilling show where the chef that won delivered items in 2 of the sections that were raw or undercooked I don't believe I am ever going to watch the show again. Are we to believe that raw is better than bland or over cooked. At least the last two are editable

 
At 6/05/2010 7:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show is all about the judges. The chefs don't matter.

 
At 6/07/2010 12:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not true. It's not about the judges. It's about the chefs and getting a break. It it were about the judges, they'd be getting the $10000. I wish they'd have the judges do chopped some night. that would be fun. Well, my egg is done.

 
At 8/27/2010 9:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg, just watched 4 women episode. the biggest, most arrogant bitch ever won. horrible episode. i am from boston and will never eat at her 400 cover/night restaurant.

 
At 9/05/2010 12:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched the episode titled crunch time. I have to say I love chef Mason. I am so glad he won. I also loved his competitor Chef Lance. This was actually one of the nicer episodes. the sportsmanship was wonderful and you can see the friendship developing between the 2 chefs. The judges were great as well and said some nice positive things.

I hope Chef Mason makes it all the way for the $50,000 prize.

 
At 9/28/2010 11:14 PM , Anonymous Jan said...

I have really enjoyed watching chopped! It's one of my few weekly shows I just don't want to miss.
I just finished watching the $50,000.00 final, and it was really great. What a gut wrencher, not only the cooking, but bringing Madison's little girl in.
Great work Food Network, the varieties you have brought in has really spiced things up. I only need one channel on my TV!

 
At 9/29/2010 12:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to love this show when it first started but after watching nearly every female chef in the country get 'chopped off' the show in favor of the male chefs, I just got angrier and angrier!

This show absolutely denigrates women chefs and I don't care if they do have a women judge or not, the show is so blatant in it's favoritism towards male chefs it pretty much makes me gag..

Even my family came to believe after seeing it for themselves..

I'm trying to teach my children never to show bigotry in any form, Chopped is off my list of shows for them to watch.. That's for sure..

 
At 10/10/2010 12:35 AM , Anonymous Pam said...

To me the worst part of Chopped is Alex. She is the rudest judge, no personality and is never consistent
in her judgeing...she makes up rules just to hear herself talk. She may be a good chef, but should not be on TV. Then they give her a show of her own and she tries to be sweetie sweet...just does not work. None of thme need to treat the contestants as bad as they do.Mark didn't even win a competion he was in in Fla. Ted is a good guy..at least he is nice. Some of the food they are given to good is really hard..they should be comended.Pay attention to all the scowls on Alex's face...really sad they keep her.

 
At 10/13/2010 10:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really love Chopped, but feel like it's always East Coasters. Being from Seattle, I would love to see a chopped regional challenge. Get regional chefs with regional ingredients (or flip it and see if they can cook with non-local ingredients). That would be really cool to see.

 
At 10/23/2010 12:46 AM , Anonymous TexasLass said...

Wow, I started watching this show a couple of months ago and, at first, I really enjoyed it, but after watching every gal that comes on the show get 'chopped' in favor of the male chefs, I've really lost my 'appetite' for this series..

I mean, let's face it, ladies, they aren't exactly doing it once in a while, they outright axe every women that comes on the show.. Something is not kosher with this scene and I'm not wasting my time watching such blatant bigotry anymore..

Unhappy in Texas..

 
At 1/30/2011 2:28 PM , Blogger Rich said...

One of my favorite regular Tivo shows, it was difficult to watch Flower Power and listen to some of the judges' especially arrogant and demeaning remarks. Geoffrey in particular seems to lend criticism that speaks more of him than it does the contestants or the food. His rude remarks to Lola were followed by his indignation that she dared to refer to this show as a game. As far as game-shows go, $10,000 is not a big deal.

Geoffrey is the one judge I would like to see Chopped from this show.

 
At 2/02/2011 5:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this show, I never miss it. Two things bother me, the secret ingredients, most of which we at home will never use and Scott Conant. I think he is rude and stuck up. His "criticism" is generally just a form of humiliation which is uncalled for. I also agree 100% with Rich's comment about Geoffrey.

 
At 2/10/2011 9:53 PM , Anonymous saltandserenity said...

Anone else notice how much the judges hate it when contestants use bell peppers in any of their dishes. What's up with that?

 
At 4/19/2011 10:12 AM , Blogger lonsgirl said...

I really enjoy this show. I am always amazed to see what the chefs can make out of the ingredients they are given to work with.

 
At 11/10/2011 9:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am wondering how many women have actually won chopped - I watch it a lot but I very seldom see a woman win!

 

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