I was channel surfing last
night and clicked on a food program called Chopped. I am not sure why I stopped to watch this station but
something about the title and the concept intrigued me. Four chefs compete for $10,000 by
trying to create a tasty, appealing three-course meal from unique and
unassociated ingredients. All ingredients must be used and on the plate within
the allotted time constraint. It is done in rounds with appetizer, then entrée,
and then dessert. After each round, one contestant gets “ chopped”.
I started feeling anxious as I watched the four of them racing about the kitchen area tossing farina into a bowl, slopping sauces on the stove, spilling milk on counters, and throwing utensils into the sink. They hurried by each other to grab pots, pans and other needed items and the entire scene turned chaotic (although with a $$$ purpose). The point of the show apparently was to see how fast a chef could work and put together a delicious, appealing dish using only what was on stage. Please don’t misunderstand, I did like the show but that is not my idea of cooking. Perhaps it is because I not only believe in eating well, I firmly believe that the energy that goes in to the preparation of food is just as important. Of course, all these chefs are probably excellent in their own element, but to watch them sweat, cry and stress as they cooked on television, well all I can say is that I would not want to be a judge.
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