Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chopped All Stars

I usually don't publish press releases here, but this one amuses the heck out of me. In March, Chopped contestants are going to be some names you might know - including some of the Chopped judges. And some Food Network Regulars, too.

I'll be looking forward to this one.

Here's the what the press release said:

A Chopped event like no other, Chopped All-Stars features unbeatable drama, a $50,000 charitable cash prize and 16 celebrated chefs familiar to Food Network fans. In this fierce five-part competition hosted by Ted Allen, premiering March 6 at 9pm ET/PT, four chefs go head-to-head in each round with an unthinkable array of mystery basket ingredients.

The champion from each round advances to the finale for a chance at taking home the prize and coveted title. From teething biscuits and rabbit kidneys to dried hibiscus flowers and cobia, these chefs must crank up the heat and get creative to avoid the chopping block.

Competitors include Food Network stars like Anne Burrell and Duff Goldman, former contestants from The Next Food Network Star, recurring Chopped judges, and renowned chefs like Anita Lo and Jacques Torres. Judges for this special series include Chopped favorites Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson, Marc Murphy, and Chris Santos.

“This fierce ‘All-Stars’ competition will feature some of the country’s top celebrity chefs along with viewer favorites from shows like The Next Food Network Star and The Next Iron Chef,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Programming & Production, Food Network. “With the stakes so high, these chefs will do whatever it takes, and all for a good cause.”

And this is the part that amused me - the lineup of competitors. Who do you think will win?

Part 1 – Brad Sorenson, Debbie Lee, Lisa Garza, Michael Proietti
Part 2 – Anne Burrell, Claire Robinson, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine
Part 3 – Anita Lo, Beau MacMillan, Jacques Torres, Nate Appleman
Part 4 – Aaron Sanchez, Amanda Freitag, Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan
Part 5 – Final showdown featuring one winner from each round


Cook said...

I do not watch TV (don't even own one.) With mega- perhaps, just maybe... it is a good choice. Enjoy your cooking shows, perhaps share kinks for the very best, but otherwise, you can skip the subject. Most of it is fluffy junk and I think that you already know it. Original content from Cookistry (or SE)is far more valuable.

Sara said...

Here are my predictions:

Round 1: Brad Sorenson
Round 2: Anne Burrell
Round 3: Anita Lo
Round 4: Amanda Freitag
Finale: Anita Lo

I think all the rounds are evenly matched, so it should be fun to watch.

Anonymous said...

Robert Irvine all the way. Come on. He's the greatest chef now in. My mind

justjo said...
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justjo said...

i think robert irvine will win! he is used to thinking quickly at least he seems to on dinner impossible (not sure how much is scripted, but love the show anyway). i dont think anything in the basket will trip him up!

david said...

But Robert Irvine is such a dick! So unlikeable - and I thought that before I knew his tangled history of lies....

Anonymous said...

Round four was a sham. I knew the indian cook was gonna get chopped first, then they get an extra 10 minutes in the entree round. The judges are being nice and not really judgeing them fairly. I find it to be unfair to the previous three episode contestants. I thaught it was gonna be a fair contest but its not looking that way to me

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