Chopped Show Facts – Is the show Real or Fake?

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Fact: Inquiring viewers want to know if Chopped show, the Food TV network show is rigged. According to host, Ted Allen, “Chopped is not fixed”. What else could Allen say if he values his gig?

The first round of the competition set the stage for the type of show that would be created. Only 20 minutes to cook chicken wings only using sake, grapes, and chicken? That doesn’t make much sense. When Sierp was asked if the show was fake, this is what he had to say,

“No, I definitely don’t think it’s fixed. They edit a lot of the comments out, and the other apps were worse than mine. If it were fixed, I would have won. My entree was actually better than both of the competitors (it was only sloppy on the plate. they LOVED every component), and my dessert was better than his was. They all said that also. I spoke with the judges the night the show aired. They all thought I should have won, but that I lost because his wings were cooked, and mine weren’t.  They really do argue about who they think should win, and that’s the winner in the end. They don’t show A LOT of the happenings that go on.”


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While his testimony seems to be heartfelt, don’t be surprised if my reactions are such as the gif above. After watching several episodes of the television series its hard to abandon the snarkiness and one sided commentary. Alternatively, TV food critics are too busy out-snarking each other to expound on the show’s authenticity.

About the mystery basket reveal: “…basket of random nonsense.”

Contestant chefs are tasked with creating an appetizer, entrée and dessert from four unusual ingredients in three signature baskets. Critic: “…make an entrée with a macaroon and old boot.” Because this makes a lot of sense to a cook. This form of creativity is a little above most pay grades. But when the Food Network was asked about Chopped being fake, this was their take,

“Chopped is not fixed. We rely solely on the opinions of the three judges in each episode to eliminate contestants in each round and select a winner in the end. Each judge will have their own opinions on the executions of the contestants’ dishes, but they come to a consensus every time and agree on who will be eliminated.”

Because they would openly admit to lying to their viewers…


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Anyways, do you find Chopped judges “bitter and critical”? Consumer reviewers can’t abide the judges, who “rip those poor chefs to shreds”. They vote Alex Guarnaschelli “most guilty”, with her “steely eyes that cut like a hot knife…”

Does your empathy go out to Ted Allen, who must stand on concrete, salivating, throughout 12+ hours of filming one show? Here’s the straight skinny – Allen got a gel-filled floor mat to help his back pain. As for tasting the food, he’s been known to “sneak some in between shots”.


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Our contention: Don’t let naysayers spoil your viewing pleasure. If you must, feed your Chopped obsession, after all you are the boss of your TV!

Unlike other food network shows, Chopped chefs don’t talk smack on the tv show. This is partly because most professional chefs aren’t dumb enough to let themselves go on television. Other shows, priming chefs isn’t uncommon.

To shoot one episode of Chopped, it requires 12 straight hours of shooting and 75 additional people behind the scenes.





  • Cullum, E. (2016, April 17). 10 Secrets You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Chopped. POPSUGAR Food.