Chopped Mystery Basket Weirdest Ingredient Bracket Tournament — Vote in the Finals

by in Shows, May 1st, 2013

Chopped BracketSome 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, from April 10 to April 17, you voted on the 16 ingredients and narrowed them down to eight.

In Round 2, from April 17 to April 24, you voted on the eight ingredients and narrowed them down to four.

In Round 3, from April 24 to May 1, you voted on the four ingredients and narrowed them down to two.

Now in Round 4, starting today, 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 the group.

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

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Comments (6)

  1. Linda says:

    That pig's head was disgusting in my opinion. I couldn't even look at it.
    Anyway, I don't like it when they have live lobsters & soft shell crabs, You can see those little creatures moving in the pan. It must hurt them. I think that they should kill them first in a humane fashion.
    The chefs also throw the live lobsters in boiling water instead of cutting them quickly. to kill them.
    I understand that the lobsters scream when put in boiling water. How would you like it if it was done to you?
    The chefs should know better!

  2. Guest says:

    So how do we submit our own ideas for ingredients? I want to submit ghost peppers (dessert ingredient), tart cherry juice (any), alfalfa (any), and scarabs (appetizer ingredient) as potential mystery ingredients. I am not joking here; some of these ingredients would be a pain to utilize; tart cherry juice is not that difficult to utilize, but alfalfa is basically tasteless, ghost peppers are hot as hell, and scarabs…. who wants to eat a bug?

  3. KLYVDH says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chopped. The judges are all great and the host is perfect. I like the twist of the mothers cooking. I like best when the pro's (FoodNetwork stars) compete against each other. I enjoy their creativity. I would love to see some more themed Chopped shows like 'healthy eating', summer fare, tapas and all things liquor. I am hooked but love a twist.

  4. KLYVDH says:

    Gosh, how cute…..Linda, you are not Hispanic. I am a vegan and still get the 'pork' thing, i.e., roasting a whole pig (delicious even for a vegan)! And your comment about the lobster and crabs and 'those poor things'. From one Vegan to the next, I commend you. You must be a strict vegan. I on the other hand cannot live without seafood. Sell me on the fact that the lobster and crabs have a brain and can feel pain, and I will come over to your dark side. Well, maybe!! I am not willing to give up Joe's Stone Crabs yet…or maybe ever!!

  5. Rebecca says:

    What are they supposed to use? Live animals? It seems that a majority of people cook with "dead animals." As for the pigs head – some cultures see that as something to eat. Just because you don't care for it, doesn't mean that it should be toned down. Personally, I wouldn't want a meal that didn't have some kind of meat. . . .btw, what's a "shole" animal?

  6. nancy gay says:

    It is fowl not fowel!

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