Many of you know just how obsessed the girls and I are with cooking shows. We are currently besotted with both Top Chef (only 2 more episodes…boo hoo hoo!) and Chopped. The first thing out of their mouth most days when they come home from school is “Mama, is there a new Chopped?” We are so happy when we get to curl up and watch it together.
It certainly beats anything on the Disney Channel.
So for those of you unfamiliar with the rules of Chopped, I’ll explain. Four chefs compete in 3 different rounds: Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert. They are given an crazy small amount of time for each round (20, 30 and 30 minutes) and a basket with 3-4 mystery ingredients they must use to create a dish to wow a panel of three judges. A recent basket included animal crackers, fish, Chinese spinach, and Salmon Jerky for the entree round. The dessert round required them to get creative with Granola Bars, Chinese Five Spice Powder, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, and Piloncillo (a very strong dark brown sugar). After each round, the chef with the most unsuccessful dish is CHOPPED and sent packing. Last chef standing wins 10000 dollars.
It is great fun to watch.
And perhaps useful in other ways as well.
Last time my sister was here she was trying to decide when she would be leaving. She would mention one day and then the next and just couldn’t quite decide. Elena piped up with this suggestion.
“I know. Every night you can cook dinner for us. If we like it, you get to stay another day. If we don’t, we’ll chop you and you have to go home!”
Go here to give an episode of Chopped a try. Betcha you’ll be hooked just like we are!