Chopped – Casting Guide

Chopped Logo Contestants: Four per Episode
Top Prize:$10,000
Selectivity: 3 Star


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.

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.

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


Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our┬áreaders.

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