WATCH: Food Network Stars Reveal Their Nightmare Chopped Ingredients

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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. Michele G says:

    There's a fruit seasoning used in the pacific islands region called "Li Hing Mui". I believe that would make an interesting ingredient.

  2. Laurie says:

    shrimp chips in the dessert basket

  3. cora says:

    First box…..dead air.
    Second box…. an orange,
    Third box……..a glass of water

    I don't know what to say…….care for an orange, uh… pegged???
    cool of with a glass of water.

  4. Grace says:

    you should do breadfruit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Emma says:

    There should be a basket with the same ingredients in each round. Then we can see how creative the chefs are!

  6. Maha says:

    Anything Candy is horrible in a basket ,Just a thought

  7. @kyclchik says:

    Cream of anything soup, 5 spice, frog legs, hostess dessert cakes

  8. Anonymous says:

    Mangoes and blue cheese for appetizer
    Dried watermelon and Blade steaks for your entree
    Starfruit (the sour ones) with Scotch Bonnet Peppers for desert

  9. Karen says:

    Balut. My husband went to an Asian market and brought home 16 of what he thought were duck eggs. I boiled 2 of them and when I cracked them, I found the most grotesque thing – developing duck embryos inside! Scared me to death!! Did a google search and discovered they were legit and called Balut!

  10. Nan says:

    appetizer: fish balls, durian candy, purple yam
    entree: bittermelon leaves, chicken intestines, dried mackerel, "pinakurat" vinegar, pine nuts
    dessert: firm tofu, dried smelt, molasses

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