My wife and I have been loyal watchers (Thanks to DVR) of Food Network’s reality show “Chopped” for over a year now. The show pits four real world chefs in three rounds of competition (appetizers, entrée, dessert) where they have to create a dish using particular ingredients during a timed round of competition. The challenge is intensified by the mystery basket of ingredients that must be used (one mystery basket for an appetizer contained watermelon, canned sardines, pepper jack cheese, and zucchini.)
The four contestant chefs are generally varied in style and technique but often include at least one overly confident chef, a young upstart and at least one chef with a touching human interest story. At each round, the chefs’ dishes are judged by a panel of three executive chefs who are Food Network semi-regulars (including Geoffrey Zakarian, Aaron Sanchez, and my personal favorite, Alex Guarnaschelli).
Just this week, the show had it’s first ever “Chopped Champion” finale. It was one of the best episodes yet because the completion was fiercely tense and the end was emotional one with the winner taking home fifty-thousand dollars. If you haven’t discovered this gem of a show, you can catch one of the countless episodes rerun on Food Network almost daily. If you love to cook or are missing some sort of sports competition during the week – this is the show for you.
“Obsession of the Week” (OTW) posts talk about some pop culture reference that has infiltrated my head for the week. I use the term obsession because we’re all obsessive and fanatical about things we like so much that we saturate ourselves in it until we make ourselves sick of it and then move on to something else.