Tonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with Part 3 of the five-part grilling and barbecuing tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for four spots in the finale, where only one will win the grand champion title. In tonight’s third part, four fierce competitors took up the challenge, but in each round, one chef got knocked out; in the end, only one remained, winning $10,000 and going on to the finale for a chance at an additional $50,000 in cold, hard cash. Hear from the Chopped Champion.
Last night Chopped Grill Masters continued with Part 2 of the five-part grilling and barbecuing tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for four spots in the finale, where only one will win the grand champion title. In this second part, four fierce competitors took up the challenge, but in each round one chef got knocked out; in the end, only one remained, winning $10,000 and going on to the finale for a chance at an additional $50,000 in cold, hard cash. Hear from the Chopped Champion.
We all know Ted Allen as the stern host of Chopped, and now Chopped Junior, and as a veritable wealth of culinary knowledge. But there’s another side to the man. Did you know he likes gardening in his spare time or that he’s big into rock music? Find out more about the host behind the scenes and at home.
1. “Ironically, when you consider where I work, I’m very much a slow-food guy. … I don’t even want to cook food that’s fast. I like to watch flavor develop. I spend hours in the kitchen any chance I get.”
Last night Chopped headed to Napa for Season 3 of Chopped Grill Masters, the five-part grilling and barbecuing tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for four spots in the finale, where only one will win big. In this first part, four fierce competitors took up the challenge, but in each round, one chef got knocked out; in the end, only one remained, winning $10,000 and going on to the finale for a chance at an additional $50,000 in cold, hard cash. Hear from the Chopped Champion.
You’ve seen him host every single episode of Chopped and Chopped Junior, and he’s even flexed his cooking chops in a few After Hours appearances alongside the Chopped judges, but there’s a lot you don’t know about Ted Allen. Here’s your chance to get to know the man who unceremoniously sends competitors to the chopping block.
Before hosting Chopped, Ted Allen served as a regular judge on Iron Chef America. He’s won an Emmy Award for his work on Bravo’s Queer Eye as the food and wine specialist. As the host of Chopped, he’s won the James Beard Foundation Award for outstanding host. He’s written two cookbooks and has contributed to Esquire magazine (for which he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award), Bon Appétit and Food Network Magazine. But did you know there’s almost no food Ted won’t try, and that cheese is his absolute favorite? He’s also secretly wished he could be the lead singer of a rock band. Find out which one, and get more interesting tidbits about this multifaceted host with the most.
What makes Chopped such a successful competition show, one that, to this day, still excites fans and keeps unsuspecting chefs on their toes? According to host Ted Allen, a number of factors add up to make Chopped great television, but at the heart of it is an unyielding passion for food that’s on display every time a chef opens a basket of mystery ingredients. Whether you watch Chopped, Chopped Junior or the tournaments (Champions, All-Stars, Grill Masters or Teens), the format is the same: There are three rounds of mystery baskets, and each chef has only so much time to cook the ingredients. What changes are the chefs, who each bring their stories to the kitchen and cook with boundless energy and deep passion that emanates in their plates. That’s what makes Chopped one of the best food competition shows on TV.
FN dish caught up with the indomitable host to chat about what makes the show so special, what goes into preparing for an episode, what’s changed over the many seasons — because he’s been there since its inception — and what would happen if he suddenly had to compete. Hint: Ted characterizes his skills as the complete opposite of the competitors’ abilities. Find out what he had to say about the long-running series and more.
The Food Network Star Season 11 winner, Eddie Jackson, co-hosts the new series Kids BBQ Championship, Mondays at 8|7c, with lifestyle expert Camila Alves. On the show, eight talented young grill masters compete for the chance to win $20,000. Eddie and Camila not only lead the kids through the various grilling and barbecuing challenges, but also judge their dishes with the help of a third grilling-expert guest judge.
When it comes to barbecue, Eddie has a wealth of knowledge. FN Dish recently caught up with the star to chat about the show and his background in barbecue. Eddie also recalls some of the fun experiences he and Camila had in coaching the young competitors, and he offers a few tips for grilling season.
Chopped fans, it’s that time again, where you get a chance to determine the mystery basket ingredients chefs have to cook with on the show. As we’ve seen in the past, some of your choices have stumped and upset chefs (just watch the video below for proof!). Here’s your chance to be a part of the competition in a unique way. Through our social media channels, you’ll be able to choose the basket ingredients for unsuspecting competitors in a future episode. It’s your opportunity to assemble the ingredients that make it into all three of the mystery baskets — one basket will be created by Twitter followers, another by Facebook fans and the third by Instagram users. We’ll let you know when to tune in so you can see how the chefs fare.
On the all-new series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday, May 23 at 8|7c, eight talented young grill masters will be battling for the chance to win a $20,000 cash prize and the coveted title of champion. Mentoring and judging them through all the challenges will be Season 11 Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson and lifestyle expert Camila Alves, who’s previously appeared on Chopped Junior as a guest judge. Get to know more about Camila, learn her take on grilling, and get some behind-the-scenes insight into the show.
When did you first become interested in cooking?
I’ve always loved food and I’ve always helped in the kitchen. I never became a cook myself until I had a family.
What’s your earliest food memory?
My earliest food memory is of my mother in the kitchen cooking lasagna.
Six weeks ago, eight bakers entered the Spring Baking Championship to prove their skills for a chance to win $50,000 and the title of champion. This season the bakers saw their fair share of ups and downs: In the premiere Susana cut herself so badly that she didn’t come back to the competition until the Main Heat. And Audrey’s Main Heat cake was such a disaster that it appeared she’d be going home, but her flavors saved her. Then in Episode 5, Kenny finally won his first challenge after having come close many times before, but in that same episode he was eliminated. But all the while, another baker was gradually rising to the top with win after win.