Chopped – Casting Guide




Chopped Reality Show - Complete Guide

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Chopped Show Overview

This is a single episode reality show appearing on the Food Network which begins with four contestants who prepare a meal using some surprise random ingredients. After each of the three rounds, the contestant with the worst dish is eliminated from the show. The show is hosted by Ted Allen and has a rotating cast of judges. Because the judges are known before the competition begins, it is a good idea to watch some past episodes to understand what each of the judges is especially critical about. The winner is the person who composes the best entire meal meaning that all three dishes are considered when paying out the money. This is different from other shows like Guy’s Grocery Game or Cutthroat Kitchen which only consider the items made in the final meal.

woman in reality show cooking competition

Chopped Show – By the Numbers

This is one of the more competive shows on the Food Network.  Each episode has four contestants who are normally professional chefs.  They do special episodes for high school students, first responders or grandparents.  If you are not a professional chef, you will want to check the food network casting page frequently to ensure you submit your application for the one off shows.

Chopped is moderately competitive to appear on as a contestant.  There are so many episodes and seasons, there are going to be hundreds of contestants who appear on air compared with less than 20 for other television shows. The counter to this is that you will only appear on a single episode meaning that you won’t necessarily get a lot of noteriety out of your appears the same way you would if you had appeared on Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen or Food Network Star.

The top prize is $10,000 with the other three contestants not winning anything or at least not winning anything that is listed as part of the show.  Everyone who appears on the show will get a chance to plug themselves and where they work.  Additionally, I’ve heard from many sources that the contestants are responsible for their own travel and lodging for appearing on the show.  I do not have confirmation from the production company on this, but if you are thinking of being on the show, you’ll need to be aware that it may need to pay for a round trip flight to New York where the show is set.  I assume you’ll also want to get a hotel room for the night before and after filming.
Attractive man garnishing dish before presenting to judges.

What Makes Chopped such a Great Show

If you’re looking for a reality show that’s both informative and entertaining, look no further than Chopped. The show features four chefs against each other where they have to create an appetizer, main course, and dessert with ingredients that are usually quite strange (and sometimes even gross!) to create a dish in just 30 minutes. The dishes are then judged by a panel of experts, and the chef with the lowest score is “chopped” from the competition.

Not only is Chopped a lot of fun to watch, but it’s also incredibly informative. As someone who loves to cook, I’ve learned a lot about different techniques and ingredients by watching this show. I’ve also been inspired to be more creative in my cooking, to think outside the box, and come up with dishes that are both delicious and visually appealing. If you’re looking for a new show to watch, I highly recommend giving Chopped a try.

One of the things I love most about Chopped is that it features a diverse range of chefs from all over the world. It’s not just limited to professional chefs either; we’ve seen stay-at-home parents, high school students, and even grandparents compete on the show. This diversity not only makes for interesting television but also means that there are always new ideas and perspectives being shared.

Another great thing about Chopped is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Yes, the stakes are high and the competition is intense, but at the end of the day, it’s just a TV show. The contestants are there to have fun and hopefully learn something new, and that comes across on screen. Even when things don’t go according to plan, the chefs always seem to be able to laugh at themselves.
Guy cooking in a reality television show

Finally, I think Chopped does a great job of educating its viewers about food. Each episode starts with a brief introduction to the featured ingredients, and throughout the show, we learn about different cooking techniques and flavor combinations. If you’re looking to expand your culinary knowledge, this is the show for you!

Chopped is one of my favorite reality TV shows for many reasons. It’s diverse, it’s funny, and it’s pretty informative if you’re interested in learning more about food. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend checking out an episode (or two…or three!). You might just find yourself hooked!

Show Casting Tips

Chopped is a show that airs year round mean there are around 50 new episodes each year, and each episode has four chefs meaning that 200 contestants appear on the show each year. For a professional chef, this is one of the easier Food Network shows to be cast. The downside to that is that it is one of the most skill intensive as there are no sabotages or obstacles, the competition really boils down to whomever can make the best dish. It’s best to come in with a wide assortment of techniques and an open mind for each basket. People who come in set on a dish can often find themselves painted into a corner. The one exception is the final round in which contestants should try to make an ice cream as part of the dish if at all possible. A dish with ice cream done successfully wins more than 70% of the time when the other person doesn’t use the ice cream maker.

For amateur cooks, it’s considerably more complicated to appear on chopped. There are several special shows per year including family shows, civil servant shows, and teen/kid shows. Each of these shows receives many more applications that there are spots, but there are no harm in trying for the show. The goal is to be interesting to the casting team when submitting your application as it’s assumed that everyone applying is at least a reasonably competent chef.
woman creating a dish for judging

Applicant Restrictions:

Each episode has a unique set of restrictions. There are no set guidelines as any age or profession restrictions are lifted for the “Special Shows” some of which we have listed below. If you want to apply on chopped and can legally be in the United States for filming, it’s worth submitting your online application.

  • Teens
  • Educators
  • Clergy/Religious Leaders
  • Military
  • First Responders
  • Moms, Dads, Grandparents

Chopped and Online Application

If you are interested in appearing on the show, you can complete the chopped form here. with the following information.

  • Your Contact Information (Full Name and Phone Number)
  • Brief Description of your Relationship
  • A Recent Photo


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