Chopped Mystery Basket Weirdest Ingredient Bracket Tournament — Vote in Round 1

by in Shows, April 10th, 2013

Chopped Bracket

Some of the mystery basket ingredients that get used on Chopped are pretty unusual, to say the least. But the culinary producers who come up with them don’t just draw them out of a hat — though sometimes it does seem that way! They take their time to decide on the ingredients, making sure the basket components are just right and actually manageable. FN Dish queried the culinary producers to find out the top 16 weirdest basket ingredients they’ve had on the show. The list of ingredients ranged from goat brains to gummy eggs over easy — almost no ingredient is off-limits.

Now it’s up to you, Chopped fans, to vote on the ingredient you think is the weirdest of them all in this four-round bracket tournament, which coincides with the new season of Chopped All-Stars.

Here’s how it works:

In Round 1, starting today, you get to vote on the 16 ingredients to narrow them down to eight.

In Round 2, starting next Wednesday, April 17, you’ll get to vote on the remaining eight ingredients to narrow them down to four.

In Round 3, starting Wednesday, April 24, you’ll get to vote on the remaining four ingredients to narrow them down to two.

And in Round 4, starting Wednesday, May 1, you’ll narrow down the final two, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 8.

Vote below by selecting one ingredient from each group.

The polls have closed in the Chopped Mystery Basket Bracket. Find out the winner here.

Don’t forget to watch Chopped on Tuesdays at 10pm/9c and Chopped All-Stars on Sundays at 9pm/8c.

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Comments (66)

  1. Shelley Simons says:

    I do not enjoy watching the viewers choice episodes and will not be watching them any more. On the show that featured whole chicken in a can the chef Rory Philipson was right on when she said "I don't think the viewers have any right whatsoever picking ingredients for a culinary competition that they themselves could not compete in." I agree with her 100%!

    • Burnt Sugar says:

      As a future contestant, I agree it has gone overboard there are better ways to get interest. I would hate to be a judge tasting all that crap!

  2. Tac says:

    Love the show, but what about a little change? Maybe less rare / weird ingredients (though I've tried most – had an adventurous father) and more focused rounds? Say a soup round? Salad round? A stew or casserole round? Must do cake for dessert round? Variety: t'is the spice of life . . . and food shows.

  3. Elijah says:

    Maybe have an empty basket, the let contestants use anything in the pantry.

  4. bschonfeld1 says:

    They should get a military Meal, Readt to Eat (MRE). They could even give them different ones to make it more challenging.

  5. What about an episode with Chopped Chefs, getting a second chance?

  6. Knowthefood101 says:

    You should have a vegetarian show, that would be really diificult.


    I think it would be fun to have a competition of short order cooks. they are supposed to be quick to the draw. Some are excellent cooks and like to be unique!


    I think it would be fun to have a competition of short order cooks. they are supposed to be quick to the draw. Some are excellent cooks and like to be unique!

  9. April says:

    This is my favorite show on Food Network. It is by far harder than Iron Chef. I would LOVE to see Iron Chef Morimoto on Chopped. Is it necessary to hear the "human interest stories" of the competitors? Also really hoping Aaro'n Sanchez takes off on his show about hot food so we don't have to endure him on Chopped as often. Thrilled to see Jeffrey and Alex are both still judging even though they are Iron Chef's now. Hang in there Amanda we are still loving you and hoping to take Chopped All Stars.

  10. Barty says:

    Why are you bringing durian back? The great thing about Chopped is that it invites us to watch chefs transform exotic ingredients into something wonderful. If the ingredients are barely edible in poorly matched baskets, the show is no longer enjoyable. I love this show, but I will not watch another episode of viewer choice baskets. You should let the chefs that participated in the last viewer's choice episode compete again with food people may actually want to eat.

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