Mark Lipton wrote:I have a hard enough time watching Chopped, though our son loves it. I want to see talented cooks cooking, not people screwing up right and left and all the "drama" that ensues.
That's what initially turned me off. That, and the early basket combinations--one's ability to incorporate gummy bears into an appetizer is hardly proof of skill. We watched a few initial episodes, decided they were all the same, and tuned out for a few years. Only started watching again about three years ago, and I'm not sure why. Most likely, we were channel surfing, there it was, and for some reason this time we had fun. The baskets are better now and so are the competitors, and once you get to know the judges the fun is in guessing who they're going to chop and why. Too, the judges are all good friends and truly seem to have fun putting themselves--and each other--through this.