Chopped 10/25 !?
What's going on over at Chopped? I just watched the show from last night. First, they chopped my Aussie eye candy Kayne. His dish may not have been the best, but it wasn't the worst, either. Would it have hurt them to do me a favor and let him stay a little longer?
Ok, I get that it's a food competition not a beauty pageant. But then, in the entree round, the two girls served raw chicken. One more than the other - but still - raw chicken. The guy served a pasta dish. Marc Murphy said there was "nothing wrong" with it, but it was kinda safe, without much creativity. So, who gets chopped? The girls who served raw poultry or the guy who maybe played it safe, but served an edible dish?
Of course, the guy gets it. It seemed to me that the "fix" was in for the winner. She's a food stylist for The Today Show, and has worked with many of the Food Network chefs when they've appeared on the show. I don't know, just sayn'...
Last night I saw an earlier Halloween episode. For the entree one contestant forgot his tortillas (usually grounds for dismissal), but another rolled her tortillas on a contaminated board - she got chopped. But for the appetizer, the person who burned his pie crust got chopped, not the one whose lamb heart was underdone.
There are been episodes where under done meat was grounds for being chopped, but several things may have made a difference here:
- they are putting more emphasis on creativity and going out on a limb
- 2 contestants had under cooked chicken. If they chopped one for that, why not the other?
Still, based on my own experience with cooking chicken thighs, there are some things that could have been done to reduce the problem:
- cutting the meat in to bite size pieces (but not as impressive in presentation)
- Jacques Pepin suggests making a slit along the underside, exposing the bone.