How to Become a Contestant on Chopped

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To become a contestant on Chopped, a person must complete the audition process outlined by the Food Network. Those who complete the application process for the show must wait to hear if they have been selected to compete on the program. Chopped is a reality cooking competition that airs on the Food Network. There are editions of the show for professional chefs, amateur cooks, teens, and families.

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Education No formal education required for some episodes; Professional culinary experience required for regular episodes
Starting pay N/A
Median pay N/A
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Related professions Hell's Kitchen contestant
Author Selena Robinson

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Chopped Contestant Job Overview

Contestants who appear on the show Chopped must gather ingredients from a "mystery basket" and then use them to prepare a meal on the spot. The show, which consists of three rounds, features a 20-minute time limit to make an appetizer, and two 30-minute rounds to prepare an entree and a dessert.[1] At the end of the show, judges taste each dish and vote on which cook prepared the best meal. The winner receives a cash prize of $10,000.[2]

Chopped Application Process

In order to apply for a spot on Chopped, contestants must complete an online application on the Food Network website. On the application, individuals must submit personal information, including their names, ages, and birth dates. They must also submit a photo and a resume detailing any culinary experience they have. Applicants must also disclose any other reality cooking competition appearances they have made in the past.[3]

Chopped Contestant Education

To appear on one of the special editions of Chopped, contestants do not have to meet any formal education requirements. Depending on the special, teens may even qualify to appear on the program.[3] However, in order to appear on the regular edition of Chopped, applicants must be professional chefs who have obtained a formal culinary education and have gained experience working in the industry. These applicants must submit a resume documenting their culinary experience as part of the application process.[4]

Chopped Contestant Training

The cooking competition, which can last as long as 18 hours, often involves cooking with unusual ingredients to create dishes in as little as 20 minutes. Learning how to operate in a professional kitchen and how to use high-quality cooking equipment can give a prospective contestant an idea of how to cook on the competition set. Contestants on Chopped need to be adaptable and creative, so that they can come up with an original dish in a short period of time.[5]

Chopped Contestants

Four of the contestants on an episode of "Chopped" are introduced on the show

Also See: How to Become a Contestant on Hell's Kitchen, How to Become a Contestant on American Idol, How to Become a Contestant on Survivor, How to Become a Contestant on Wipeout


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