Shameless Self-Promo — So Sous Us!

by in View All Posts, January 13th, 2009

Yes, we work here but many of us are true fans as well. We watch the shows, try the recipes and live the life. Crazy…but true.

That said, one new FN show is seemingly creating even more buzz in the halls than usual. CHOPPED, hosted by Ted Allen, premieres tonight, triggering heightened chatter around our fancy, coffee maker-sized watercooler. Frantic sous chefs, insane time constraints, amazing food, flowing tears — all good.

Without giving it away, Rene Lynch (Daily Dish blog on the LA Times) summarized it best…
The format makes for one heck of a nail-biting experience, and it succeeds in placing the viewer in the shoes of the contestants. Who hasn’t raced around their kitchen, staring at the mismatched ingredients in the cupboard, while the clock is ticking?

Ok — enough shamless promotion.
Tune in tonight and let us know what you think…
Watch the promo here.

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Comments (13)

  1. Robin Koury says:

    I sat on the edge of my couch anxiously awaiting the 10 PM premiere of Chopped and ultimately held my position until the show ended. I loved the intensity – it fast moving and kept me wondering who was going to be “chopped” next. The lack of confidence the chef’s portrayed when given the secret ingredients took me by surprise though. Perhaps, I’m just used to Iron Chef where even the most obscure ingredient doesn’t rattle the chef’s confidence. During the show I was rooting for Katie to win and almost broke out into tears with her when she was chopped. I’m looking forward to next week’s episode…

  2. Lana says:

    Rene Lynch has it right! Work ’til 5, home at 5:30, open up the fridge to see what’s there, cuz dinner’s supposed to be on the table at 6.

    “Ok, I’ve got sausage, broccoli and potatoes. Hmm, those mushrooms have been in there a few days; better use those too.” It’s too easy to make casserole; you try to be creative.

    The cheftestants did great, Ted Allen too. Judges were critical w/out being mean – and I really appreciated that. Fun show, very entertaining. I’ll be lookin’ for it next week.

  3. C.McVey says:

    What is the show about? The FoodNetwork website bills this as a “series that challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal”. Each round contains a mystery basket. The Chefs are challenged to use every ingredient in the basket… sounds interesting… yes it does. However, the Judge themselves cannot adhere to the rules set fourth and often allowed a Chef to pass to the next round that refused or failed to utilize each ingredient or who dropped food on the floor.

    Below is not intended to be list of sins but rather an example:

    Pippa Calland (Winner) Episode 2. In her dish the judges could not detect the mystery item, Thai chilies, and in the final round present a ‘napoleon’ (in name only) that was an unsightly mess upon the plate.

    Chris Burke: Episode 3. Dropped chicken on the floor, served it, and moved to the next round. This is not only unsanitary but is unforgivable.

    Mina Newman (Winner) Episode 8: In the second round, she could not create a single dish but rather present two dishes and moved to the next round.

    William Lustberg: Episode 9. Refused to use one of the mystery items and moved to the next round.

    These are but 4 instances out of 9 episodes.

    The show has no integrity and if I were a Chef, losing would reflect better on my resume than winning.
    If this show is based on taste, creativity, and presentation, then it would be CHOPPED!
    I know that for me, it will not pass to the next round.

    • cgf43 says:

      Why do they have Ted and his overly dramatic bs as host and some of the critics seem to be introduced as entrepenuers or important but I don't see them cooking in public at least give aaron and alex props because they are working chefs.

  4. Lana says:

    C. McVey, I haven’t seen every episode, but I believe I’ve seen the episodes to which you refer in your examples. And like you, I’m often surprised by who is “chopped” and who moves on. Basically, I like the show. Does it need some development? yeah.
    *Rhetorically: would it be interesting if the chopped chef came as no surprise to the audience? Good TV does need a drama factor.
    *Editing: a large part of the judges decision-making discussions are sitting on an editing room floor somewhere. It’s evident to me that the audience does not hear *all* of the reasons one chef is chopped while another moves on.
    Having said that, just my opinions and conjectures, I do agree that food served from the floor *must* be grounds for immediate disqualification, regardless of how that dish compared in taste or plating to the other chefs’ offerings.

    Ted Allen, if you’re reading this, your production company needs to hire C. McVey and me as consultants.

  5. Rocky says:

    How can a `chef` competing on Chopped also compete on Hell`s Kitchen wich is suppose to be amatures?

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