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Food Network's 'Chopped': TiVo worthy?

January 13, 2009 |  6:42 pm


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."

What? You were expecting "Please pack your knives and go"?

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.
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