by Joseph Erdos in Shows, July 8th, 2016
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, July 6th, 2016
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.”
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, June 24th, 2016
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.
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by Joseph Erdos in Behind the Scenes, Shows, June 20th, 2016
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.
by FN Dish Editor in Shows, May 25th, 2016
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.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, May 18th, 2016
Chopped is moving to the Beringer Vineyards in the Napa Valley for the new season of Grill Masters. Premiering Tuesday, July 5 at 10|9c, this special five-part tournament, hosted by Ted Allen, features 16 of the nation’s best grilling experts competing for a chance to walk away with the title of champion and a truckload of money. Each episode starts with four chefs battling through three cooking rounds, with recurring Chopped judges and special guest judges deciding the fate of each. The winner from each heat wins $10,000 and earns a spot in the finale, where only one will walk away the grand champion with $50,000 more.
by FN Dish Editor in Shows, May 10th, 2016
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.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, April 26th, 2016
Chopped fans, ever wonder: Who puts together the mystery baskets? Where does the fourth plate of food go? Does Ted Allen ever get a taste? Do the judges really have to eat that? Chopped host Ted Allen took the time to sit down with Food Network to answer the questions fans have been asking and wondering about through the many seasons of the show. He reveals some of the secrets behind one of the most-popular cooking competition shows on TV.
Can anyone tell which chef is going to win before the cooking begins?
Well, like everybody else, we kind of pick our favorites as they walk in, and just [keep them] in the back of our minds … . I got it right on our show that we shot last Friday, but you can never really tell, and that’s what’s exciting about it. You never can tell, and even if someone has the best resume, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to get a basket that suits them or that’s full of things that they’re going to succeed with.
What is your favorite mystery basket ingredient?
Well, out of about 5,000 of them, that’s going to be sort of hard. I mean, gosh, Rocky Mountain oysters, chicken feet … we’ve even had eyeballs. My favorite mystery basket ingredient remains the whole chicken in a can, not so much because I love the food, [but because] I love the sound it makes when it plops out of the can.
by Kristina Bornholtz in Community, Food Network Chef, Shows, April 26th, 2016
Tonight the Season 5 Chopped Champions tournament came to a conclusion with the four winners of the preliminary rounds getting one more chance with the baskets. Whoever reached the end without getting chopped would earn the $50,000 prize. In this last battle, all four chefs — Meny, Deborah, Andre and Adam — brought their best, which made the judges’ decision come down to the details. Literally one olive out of place sent home a front-runner in the appetizer round. A mishandling of meat sent home another in the entree round. And dessert came down to who had the better balance of flavors. In the end one chef’s three courses set him apart from his competitors and earned him the prestigious title of Chopped Grand Champion. Find out who won the tournament.
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by Joseph Erdos in Shows, April 19th, 2016
Today’s the day! Chopped Junior returns tonight (8|7c) with brand-new young competitors, sharp knives at the ready, prepared to take on the craziest baskets yet. And to celebrate, host Ted Allen is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.
Tonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with the final preliminary round, where four previous Chopped champs battled it out to earn the last spot in the grand finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In the last round of this fourth battle, one young chef went up against one experienced chef, who also happens to be an expert in pastry. The dessert round looked like it would be an easy win, but when it came to considering all three rounds, the judges chose the competitor who presented the best three courses overall. Find out who won this fourth preliminary battle and earned the last finale spot.
Read the interview with the winner