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5 Speck-tacular Ways to Serve Cured Ham

by in Shows, August 24th, 2016

5 Speck-tacular Ways to Serve Cured HamBy Angela Carlos

The Season 3 Chopped Teen Tournament kicked off this week, as the first four young chefs competed to secure a spot in the grand finale, where the finalists will face off for the $25,000 prize. Don’t let their ages fool you; these teens trained like athletes for the show, arriving prepared with the tools and professional know-how to meet the rigorous demands of each mystery basket challenge.

In the appetizer round, speck was plucked from the mystery baskets and really took center stage in each of the four contestants’ dishes. You may be more familiar with the term “prosciutto” for the popular Italian charcuterie. Speck, however, is a specific variation from Italy’s northern-most Italian region, Alto Adige.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Battle 1 Winner

by in Shows, August 23rd, 2016

Jared and KamrynChopped has returned with a third season of the popular five-part Teen Tournament. In tonight’s first round, four teens entered the prestigious kitchen to try their hands at decoding the mystery baskets. Even with advanced practice, nothing can prepare a chef for the added pressure and time constraints of the competition. And the key to unlocking the ingredients isn’t always obvious from the get-go. The teens took the challenge in stride, bringing their raw talent to battle with the hopes of earning one of four spots in the finale. From that final showdown, only one will emerge victorious as the winner of $25,000.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters Grand Champion

by in Shows, August 2nd, 2016

Sophina and DanielTonight Chopped Grill Masters found its Grand Champion! Four chefs who won the preliminary rounds came back for one last battle in the Napa Valley, sweating over hot grills to create the best dishes of their lives. The competition was so close that the judges had to take into account every single detail. Surprisingly, the most-lauded chefs were knocked out in the initial two rounds, leaving an underdog vs. a fine-dining chef. In the final round, both turned out desserts that earned them high marks and applause, but as the rules go, the judges had to consider every round. The one who cooked the best three courses left not only with the Grand Champion title, but also with a whopping $50,000 grand prize. Hear from the Chopped Grill Masters Grand Champion now.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Part 4 Winner

by in Shows, July 26th, 2016

Tony and ChrissyTonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with Part 4 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 competed for four spots in the finale, where only one will ultimately win the grand champion title. In tonight’s fourth and final preliminary part, four fierce competitors took up the challenge, but in each round, one chef got knocked out until only one remained, winning $10,000 and earning the last spot in the finale for a chance at an additional $50,000 in winnings. Hear from the Chopped Champion now.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Part 3 Winner

by in Shows, July 19th, 2016

Daniel and JasonTonight 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.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Part 2 Winner

by in Shows, July 13th, 2016

Chopped Grill MastersLast 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.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Chopped Host Ted Allen

by in Shows, July 8th, 2016

Ted AllenWe 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.”

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Part 1 Winner

by in Shows, July 6th, 2016

Jonathon and ChadLast 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.

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Q&A with Ted Allen: Get to Know the Chopped Host

by in Shows, June 24th, 2016

Ted AllenYou’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.

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Ted Allen on What Makes Chopped So Popular, and Why He’d Never Compete

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, June 20th, 2016

Ted AllenWhat 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.

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