Chopped for Charity

by in Shows, April 1st, 2011

All-StarsOur Food Network fans are full of great ideas. In a comment on our blog after an episode of Chopped All-Stars, fan Eric Londergan suggested that we post a list of all of the contestants’ charities. We took him up on it and pulled together this rundown of the organizations that each All-Star chef played for — plus, we asked host Ted Allen to weigh in with his own charity pick. Thanks, Eric!

Of course, there are only four left standing to compete in the All-Stars finale this Sunday night: Aaron Sanchez, playing for the Greater New Orleans Foundation; Anne Burrell, supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Michael Proietti, competing for the Jed Foundation; and Nate Appleman, representing the Kawasaki Disease Foundation. All are beyond worthy causes, to be sure, and all four chefs are hungry to win for their causes.

Which charity will get a hefty $50,000 donation, and who will walk away with bragging rights? You’ll have to watch and see! Don’t miss the super-charged Chopped All-Stars finale this Sunday at 9pm/8c.


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Comments (60)

  1. Doubtful says:

    For everyone who thinks there's sexism going on: Check out the people who are at the top on this show.

    They're mostly women. I don't watch the show, but I do know some of these people at the top. I would find it awfully strange if these women would be discriminating against their own gender, and through knowing them, I do not think that is their intention.

  2. Paula says:

    I really love Chopped. Recently, I have recommended it to others. Now I'm sorry I did. The sexism is so blatant. PLEASE educate yourselves around this issue. I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume this is unintentional. If it continues in this way, I will find another guilty pleasure. I'm almost embarrassed to have recommended this to others.

  3. Lola says:

    Just saw an episode where the male’s failed cake beat out the female’s mousse. Unbelievable.

    The sexism is getting worse.

  4. C says:

    Show is so sexist toward women that even the guilt shows through in the judges faces as they try to come up with a reason other than “humdydum uhh we like chopped you because we don’t want to chop a man. Bros before lady chefs”. I’ve even heard guys call this show sexist. Stopped watching, gave it one more chance, years later same B.S.. Even against their own. Alex killed it in All Stars then she gets chopped?? All because of one male judge wanting to see Markus win.

  5. Donna says:

    Really sick of the obvious sexism of this show. There male judges vote off the one woman even though one of the guys meals was said to look gross. Kill the show. Changing the channel and not coming back.

  6. Beth says:

    This show is so sexist! I have watched for a while now, but am not going to watch anymore. Has chopped every looked at their stats on this? Just watched a show where the guy who won should have been elimated in the first round (according to the judges) guess what he won…over a woman. Seriously? DONE with this one! I also heard from a local cupcake baker that Cupcake Wars is scripted.. He refused to go on it because he would have to "play a role." I guess real like on Food Network is not real! Goodbye to Food Network reality shows!

  7. Get Over It says:

    Obviously none of you knows anything about the real chef industry. The professional chefs are all men. Women are rare finds (and the few seem to be TV personalities).

    This is one place that Men always still win in real life, so the show is imitating life. I don't think it has anything to do with sexism within the show. it's the whole professional chef industry. Put your anger on them.

    Investigate it for yourself. Almost None of the top restaurants even have female lead chefs (not soux, head chefs). You can't even find a handful out of the 100's of famous restaurants. So, how can they compete on TV when they don't even get a chance to compete on the market. They aren't suddenly going to develop years of the high-end skills needed for chopped simply by being on a TV show one day.

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  10. bobby_fillet says:

    Every show of Chopped I've ever seen has the contestants sweating profusely into their food. I'd hate to be a judge on that show and have to eat that.

  11. Jim Henderson says:

    The least they should have on their heads are hair nets. The sweat adds a little extra salt to their food.

  12. bobby_fillet says:

    True, the judges always complain about not enough salt. Give them what they want.

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