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  1. #1
    ImStillMags Guest

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    I like the Food Network show Chopped. I find it interesting beause
    like to see what I would come up with given the basket of ingredients.

    Usually the show is fun but this new Chopped Champions featuring Food
    Network chefs is a really interesting and fun series.

    The level of innovation and technique far outweighs the regular
    Chopped show.


  2. #2
    Portland Guest

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    On Mar 14, 3:20*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > I like the Food Network show Chopped. * I find it interesting beause
    > like to see what I would come up with given the basket of ingredients.
    >
    > Usually the show is fun but this new Chopped Champions featuring Food
    > Network chefs is a really interesting and fun series.
    >
    > The level of innovation and technique far outweighs the regular
    > Chopped show.


    It's not a bad show, although the other day I thought it was a bit
    unfair. There were 3 cooks left, and their basket ingredients for the
    main course contained game hens of all things. They were given 20
    minutes to finish their dishes. None of the dishes were very good.
    The one guy, his hens were still raw. It was terrible. I think they
    should have gotten more time; say an hour.

  3. #3
    Nancy2 Guest

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    On Mar 14, 3:07*pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 14, 3:20*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > I like the Food Network show Chopped. * I find it interesting beause
    > > like to see what I would come up with given the basket of ingredients.

    >
    > > Usually the show is fun but this new Chopped Champions featuring Food
    > > Network chefs is a really interesting and fun series.

    >
    > > The level of innovation and technique far outweighs the regular
    > > Chopped show.

    >
    > It's not a bad show, although the other day I thought it was a bit
    > unfair. *There were 3 cooks left, and their basket ingredients for the
    > main course contained game hens of all things. *They were given 20
    > minutes to finish their dishes. *None of the dishes were very good.
    > The one guy, his hens were still raw. *It was terrible. *I think they
    > should have gotten more time; say an hour.


    They don't have enough time for any of the dishes, IMO. I hate that
    "rule" of the show.

    N.

  4. #4
    ImStillMags Guest

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    On Mar 14, 1:07*pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 14, 3:20*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > I like the Food Network show Chopped. * I find it interesting beause
    > > like to see what I would come up with given the basket of ingredients.

    >
    > > Usually the show is fun but this new Chopped Champions featuring Food
    > > Network chefs is a really interesting and fun series.

    >
    > > The level of innovation and technique far outweighs the regular
    > > Chopped show.

    >
    > It's not a bad show, although the other day I thought it was a bit
    > unfair. *There were 3 cooks left, and their basket ingredients for the
    > main course contained game hens of all things. *They were given 20
    > minutes to finish their dishes. *None of the dishes were very good.
    > The one guy, his hens were still raw. *It was terrible. *I think they
    > should have gotten more time; say an hour.


    The Chopped Champions show has the same time limit rules......and the
    Food Network chefs managed to do really good stuff in the time
    allotted. Quite impressive, actually.


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    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:14:39 -0700 (PDT), Nancy2
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > They don't have enough time for any of the dishes, IMO. I hate that
    > "rule" of the show.
    >

    Do the judges then rant at the contestant about how undercooked the
    dish is?

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    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  6. #6
    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:07:11 -0700 (PDT), Portland
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > There were 3 cooks left, and their basket ingredients for the
    > main course contained game hens of all things. They were given 20
    > minutes to finish their dishes. None of the dishes were very good.
    > The one guy, his hens were still raw. It was terrible. I think they
    > should have gotten more time; say an hour.


    I guess he should have cut the game hens into pieces. They would have
    cooked through in 20 minutes.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    BigBadBubbas Guest

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    ImStillMags wrote:
    > I like the Food Network show Chopped. I find it interesting beause
    > like to see what I would come up with given the basket of ingredients.
    >
    > Usually the show is fun but this new Chopped Champions featuring Food
    > Network chefs is a really interesting and fun series.
    >
    > The level of innovation and technique far outweighs the regular
    > Chopped show.


    Rumor has it that several different highly ranked BBQ teams will be
    participating in a future championship series. I don't expect to see
    anything BBQ presented to the contestants.



  8. #8
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "ImStillMags" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:b20ab2ac-2008-4314-b0f1-c[email protected]..
    >I like the Food Network show Chopped. I find it interesting beause
    > like to see what I would come up with given the basket of ingredients.
    >
    > Usually the show is fun but this new Chopped Champions featuring Food
    > Network chefs is a really interesting and fun series.
    >
    > The level of innovation and technique far outweighs the regular
    > Chopped show.


    I liked the one last night but I didn't want Anne Burrell to win. I like
    Robert Ervine soooo much better! However the show the week before was
    boring to me. They all seemed to do pretty much the same thing.



  9. #9
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:14:39 -0700 (PDT), Nancy2
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> They don't have enough time for any of the dishes, IMO. I hate that
    >> "rule" of the show.
    >>

    > Do the judges then rant at the contestant about how undercooked the
    > dish is?


    Of course!



  10. #10
    Pete C. Guest

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    sf wrote:
    >
    > On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:07:11 -0700 (PDT), Portland
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > There were 3 cooks left, and their basket ingredients for the
    > > main course contained game hens of all things. They were given 20
    > > minutes to finish their dishes. None of the dishes were very good.
    > > The one guy, his hens were still raw. It was terrible. I think they
    > > should have gotten more time; say an hour.

    >
    > I guess he should have cut the game hens into pieces. They would have
    > cooked through in 20 minutes.


    The 20 minute time frame sort of makes a little sense in that 20 minutes
    is about the time a customer in a restaurant is willing to wait for
    their food to come out of the kitchen. What does not make any sense is
    that the contestant is surprised by mystery ingredients at the start of
    that 20 minutes and has no pre-prep time as would exist in a real
    restaurant.

    What would be much more reasonable would be something like:

    - Introduce the mystery ingredients
    - Allow 10 minutes to formulate a plan for the dish(es) to make from the
    ingredients
    - Allow 30 minutes to do the pre-prep for the day which would be normal
    in a restaurant with the dish(es) on the menu
    - Allow 20 minutes to produce the finished dish(es) to order for the
    judges using the pre-prepped components

    But these programs have been Hollyweirded by lame producers who value
    "drama" over content.

  11. #11
    Portland Guest

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    On Mar 14, 5:35*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:07:11 -0700 (PDT), Portland
    >
    > <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > > *There were 3 cooks left, and their basket ingredients for the
    > > main course contained game hens of all things. *They were given 20
    > > minutes to finish their dishes. *None of the dishes were very good.
    > > The one guy, his hens were still raw. *It was terrible. *I think they
    > > should have gotten more time; say an hour.

    >
    > I guess he should have cut the game hens into pieces. *They would have
    > cooked through in 20 minutes.
    >


    Well there are other ingredients as well. He had them cut in pieces.
    He browned them off, except that they were not really brown, then put
    them in the oven. Result: raw inside. Not very nice looking.

    > --
    >
    > Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.



  12. #12
    Doug Freyburger Guest

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    Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    > I liked the one last night but I didn't want Anne Burrell to win. I like
    > Robert Ervine soooo much better!


    I like that he commented that it was harder then Iron Chef. Knowing
    that Anne Burrel got her TV start is one of Mario Batalli's sous chefs
    on Iron Chef America.

  13. #13
    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:01:58 -0600, "Pete C." <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > The 20 minute time frame sort of makes a little sense in that 20 minutes
    > is about the time a customer in a restaurant is willing to wait for
    > their food to come out of the kitchen. What does not make any sense is
    > that the contestant is surprised by mystery ingredients at the start of
    > that 20 minutes and has no pre-prep time as would exist in a real
    > restaurant.


    Right. Even when a chef buys unusual specials for today's menu, they
    have more time to think about what they're going to do with it.

    > But these programs have been Hollyweirded by lame producers who value
    > "drama" over content.


    Honestly, I thought they had a day or two to come up with recipes and
    to request certain ingredients to be stocked in the
    pantry/refrigerator and I thought the surprise was feigned. Call me
    cynical.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  14. #14
    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:49:51 +0000 (UTC), Doug Freyburger
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Julie Bove wrote:
    > >
    > > I liked the one last night but I didn't want Anne Burrell to win. I like
    > > Robert Ervine soooo much better!

    >
    > I like that he commented that it was harder then Iron Chef. Knowing
    > that Anne Burrel got her TV start is one of Mario Batalli's sous chefs
    > on Iron Chef America.


    Oh, darn. I didn't set my DVR to record it and totally forgot about
    watching that all star thing. I wonder when it will air again?

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    ImStillMags Guest

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    On Mar 14, 4:11*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > Oh, darn. *I didn't set my DVR to record it and totally forgot about
    > watching that all star thing. *I wonder when it will air again?
    >
    > --
    >
    > Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.


    here's when it will air again

    Mar 16, 2011

    9:00 PM ET/PT

    Mar 17, 2011

    12:00 AM ET/PT

    Mar 19, 2011

    2:00 PM ET/PT


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    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:18:30 -0700 (PDT), ImStillMags
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > here's when it will air again
    >
    > Mar 16, 2011
    >
    > 9:00 PM ET/PT
    >
    > Mar 17, 2011
    >
    > 12:00 AM ET/PT
    >
    > Mar 19, 2011
    >
    > 2:00 PM ET/PT


    Thanks a million!

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    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  17. #17
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:01:58 -0600, "Pete C." <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> The 20 minute time frame sort of makes a little sense in that 20 minutes
    >> is about the time a customer in a restaurant is willing to wait for
    >> their food to come out of the kitchen. What does not make any sense is
    >> that the contestant is surprised by mystery ingredients at the start of
    >> that 20 minutes and has no pre-prep time as would exist in a real
    >> restaurant.

    >
    > Right. Even when a chef buys unusual specials for today's menu, they
    > have more time to think about what they're going to do with it.
    >
    >> But these programs have been Hollyweirded by lame producers who value
    >> "drama" over content.

    >
    > Honestly, I thought they had a day or two to come up with recipes and
    > to request certain ingredients to be stocked in the
    > pantry/refrigerator and I thought the surprise was feigned. Call me
    > cynical.


    I don't think so. I was actually very astounded that none of them knew what
    dulse was. But oh it tastes terrible! I did buy some and tried it. My
    friend's mom keeps it on the coffee table for snacks. They live in an area
    of Canada where it is harvested.



  18. #18
    Dan Abel Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:01:58 -0600, "Pete C." <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > The 20 minute time frame sort of makes a little sense in that 20 minutes
    > > is about the time a customer in a restaurant is willing to wait for
    > > their food to come out of the kitchen. What does not make any sense is
    > > that the contestant is surprised by mystery ingredients at the start of
    > > that 20 minutes and has no pre-prep time as would exist in a real
    > > restaurant.

    >
    > Right. Even when a chef buys unusual specials for today's menu, they
    > have more time to think about what they're going to do with it.
    >
    > > But these programs have been Hollyweirded by lame producers who value
    > > "drama" over content.

    >
    > Honestly, I thought they had a day or two to come up with recipes and
    > to request certain ingredients to be stocked in the
    > pantry/refrigerator and I thought the surprise was feigned. Call me
    > cynical.


    You're pretty cynical, but perhaps not as much as me.

    :-)

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:00:01 -0700, Dan Abel <[email protected]> wrote:

    > You're pretty cynical, but perhaps not as much as me.
    >
    > :-)


    sf: Laughing!

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  20. #20
    Doug Freyburger Guest

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    sf wrote:
    > "Pete C." <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> But these programs have been Hollyweirded by lame producers who value
    >> "drama" over content.

    >
    > Honestly, I thought they had a day or two to come up with recipes and
    > to request certain ingredients to be stocked in the
    > pantry/refrigerator and I thought the surprise was feigned. Call me
    > cynical.


    That's how it worked on Iron Chef Japan and probably how it works on
    Iron Chef America. We often see them start cooking with no discussion
    at all so clearly there is time to prepare off camera.

    On Chopped it does look like the ingredients are a surpise. Whether
    that look is the magic of television editted or genuine I don't know.

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