Food Network's 'Chopped': TiVo worthy?
It's a TV cooking competition with a knife for a logo. A celebrity host. Guest judges. Mystery ingredients. A sleek industrialized kitchen. Men and women in chef's jackets racing to plate their dishes. A cash prize for the winner. And, of course, a somber parting line for those who didn't make the cut: "You've been chopped."
Long before "Chopped" premiered Tuesday night on Food Network, the blogosphere had summarily labeled it a ripoff of Bravo's Emmy-winning TV show and pop culture phenomenon, "Top Chef." Exhibit A? Ted Allen, a popular guest judge on "Top Chef," is the host of "Chopped."
In fact, viewers who give "Chopped" a chance may be pleasantly surprised to find that its stripped-down style relates to the everyday cook in a way that other cooking competitions don't.