WATCH: Food Network Stars Reveal Their Nightmare Chopped Ingredients

by in View All Posts, May 24th, 2013

Just imagine what the contestants go through every round on Chopped when they each stand in front of a mystery basket, getting ready to open the lid just as the clock goes off. It’s surely a feeling of dread as to what ingredients they might find inside, maybe even something that could cause nightmares, like an odd piece of offal, an exotic fruit or even candy.

FN Dish caught up with Food Network stars including Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Anne Burrell, as well as the judges themselves and other famous faces, to ask: “What’s your nightmare Chopped ingredient?” Watch the video above to hear which ingredient causes the most nightmares.

What would be your nightmare basket ingredient? Tell us in the comments.

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Comments (109)

  1. Bud Hempfield says:


  2. rick2172 says:

    Gummy bears, peanut butter and Ahi Tuna….I'm thinking Thai Satay sauce with the gummy bears melted down for a glaze

  3. Vanessa says:

    Add durian,muskarat,pig snout .

  4. Sonia says:

    They should get ingredients from the dollar store. My fiancé and I were there yesterday and commenting on what would be fun to see on chopped such as chocolate pudding, soy milk, canned mackerel, boxed rice, etc.

  5. Indalecio says:


    ANYTHING out of a standard military ration (MRE – Meals Ready to Eat)

    They should do an entire show with nothing but MRE items.

    • Sgt Rock says:

      I like this challenge (Chicken ala king). Sadistic, but do-able.

    • Christy says:

      I love this idea but do it for all three rounds.

    • DimwittFlathead says:

      world war 2 surplus canned meals. they MUST use all ingredients including the chocolate bar.

      oh yeah, they have to use a military surplus p-38 to open it with (i think that was the designation of the can opener that folds and fits on a keychain)

      Colonel Logan had four requirements for the D ration Bar. The bar must:

      Weigh 4 ounces (112 g)
      Be high in food energy value
      Be able to withstand high temperatures
      Taste "a little better than a boiled potato"

    • guest says:

      I agree that would make things so much harder by having to combine them to make something good

  6. Ann says:

    Norwegian fiskebolle in a dessert basket!!

  7. Aerie42 says:

    What sort of sadistic pleasure does one derive from imposing upon guest chefs a futile struggle with basket ingredients that clearly don't belong together? Who cares if anyone can pull a hat trick out of offal, candy and pickled root vegetables? I say give them a fair challenge!

  8. Sgt Rock says:

    Sea Urchin, flour, Vidalia onion, Chickpeas.
    leg of lamb, dark brown sugar, beets, German style mustard.
    Black sea bass, fennel seeds, cooking brandy, yams.
    kimchee, pork loin, mayonnaise, rutabaga.
    New York cut steak, Russet potato, ear of corn, peanut oil.
    calf liver, sea beans, rye flour, orange marmalade.

  9. Sgt Rock says:

    How about a basket with the items simply marked "A", "B", "C", and "D". They must not only design a meal, but do so not being certain what each item is.

  10. Emily says:

    I have One! For Appetizer:
    Chicken head
    Maple syrup
    Coffee mix

    Cottage cheese
    Rice cakes

    Neapolitan ice cream
    Irish potatoes


    • jamie says:

      Watermelon, chili powder, hot mustard

      Liver, Eggplant, cheese popcorn

      peas, oysters, grahm crackers

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