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, Chopped fans, in the past four weeks, you’ve been voting in this Bracket Tournament to determine the weirdest mystery basket ingredient ever used in the show’s history. What started out as 16 ingredients was narrowed down to just one. Today, FN Dish is revealing your winner.
Here’s how the Bracket Tournament worked:
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.
In Round 4, from May 1 to May 8, you narrowed down the final two to one winner.
And the winner is: Mashed Potato Candy!
Just in case you want to try making your own mashed potato candy, here’s a recipe from Food Network Star Season 9 winner Justin Warner.