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    Re: Chopped - The Food Network

    If the protein isn't cooked properly when they open it up, they don't eat it and make that as a point to the contestant. Medium rare for beef seems to be what they look for.
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    I like my chicken, turkey, etc., fully cooked and healthy to eat. Pork and lamb that are a little pink work for me. Beef that is overcooked loses all its flavor and is a big turnoff for me. I used to say that I liked beef that with a little care could get up and walk again, but that's not quite true. Medium rare to rare works best for me. Well done, medium well, and raw don't work at all.
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    Re: Chopped - The Food Network

    Quote Originally Posted by Florimel View Post
    The main reason I watch it from time to time is that I am fascinated by how many food items or varieties I have never heard of. It boggles the mind.

    I agree with Shoepie about Guy's Grocery Challenge starting to wear thin. I've never liked him anyway and the challenges are not very interesting and are becoming repetitive. Doubt I'll watch much longer, if at all.
    Is this the show that you have to compete to win against another contestant and then after you win, you have to do another challenge in a grocery store? That ticks me off. After you win, you should get your prize, not get another contest.

    When Guy is on Diners and Dives, why does he hardly ever act impressed with the food? Is he just so tired of eating it? Is it just not that good? He may say, that's money right there or make some generic comment, but I never get the feeling he really likes the food. I watched him on his OWN show cooking some kind of lobster dish for his Christmas show and I didn't even think he was that impressed with his own Christmas meal. lol
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    Re: Chopped - The Food Network

    Uh...this is a thread for Chopped. Guy stuff, etc. should go in the Food Network thread. Thanks.
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    I just discovered Chopped and I love it! I like all the strange ingredients they have to use. I also like a few of the judging chefs. I wonder if the host, Tim, is a chef? He is not very demonstrative...but that is good in a way, cause he doesn't waste time on 'fluff' for the show. I had to go to On Demand and start a 'Chopped' marathon!
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    ^Ted has written cookbooks and has judged on cooking shows before. He was the food and wine specialist on the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

    He's a good host for this type of show. I like that he isn't over the top like so many food network hosts are.
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    I like Ted's low key approach too. I think he feels, correctly, that the show is mostly about, and should be mostly about, the contestants, not the host or the judges. I also think that's partially just his personality, because he was one of the more low key hosts on Queer Eye too, though that show allowed him to show his sense of humor a bit more, whereas I think the competitive nature of Chopped just doesn't allow for that so much.
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    Agreed - Tim's low key presence also makes him quite funny on the show when he needs to be.

    I have to admit I like the show because it does introduce us to foods we may not normally see - which are fair enough curveballs (they can taste the item). It was a favorite thing of mine with the Japanese version of "Iron Chef" and I dare say it "Galloping Gourmet." I learned so much (mostly appealing) good things about international foods this way. Sadly, it also introduced me to the fact that some countries do eat horse meat (IC Japan) and you'd better REALLY take care when making sauerkraut or pickled cabbage or you're going to have a horrible result ("Galloping Gourmet" - probably his healthiest dish during his gourmand years).

    The downside is sometimes they do create baskets that obviously would have huge issues for a completely good plate - I think they do that so they can make comparisons in the final round against two strong contestants.

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    I saw a commercial for next Thursday on Chopped. It will be Chopped from Canada. Should be interesting.
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    Canada huh? Wonder what foreign (to us) ingredients they'll use...

    Some I've read include: Montreal-style smoked meat, Maple syrup, Peameal bacon, Butter tart, Poutine and Nanaimo bar.

    Hopefully they will not just do maple syrup in all three challenges.

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