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Chopped 2021: You Could Have Sexed That Up a Little Bit

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 Starting a new thread for the new year.   Thanks for the thread title, Conant!

 Didn't care for the guest judges either.  Michelle Bernstein, while an accomplished chef, really does not have the camera personality to be on TV.   Methinks there's a reason you so rarely see her on Food Network or any other cooking show.  I know the judges are rotating and GZ will be one of them--which is odd because they're subbing some rando contestant into the judges round.  I don't know why he wasn't included with the other judges. 

 The tuna crackers may have been the most vile processed food they've had on this show.  And that's saying something with all the wacko sodas and ice creams they've had. 

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I’ve rediscovered this show since Covid hit and I was desperate to find distractions/entertainment, and I still think it’s a pretty damn good show.

Since I’m watching it all recorded by my DVR I’m not sure when each episode actually aired originally, but last night I watched the one that birthed this thread title.  It looked as though it was probably filmed during Covid: the judges and chefs were farther away from each other than usual.  I was sort of hoping that they would show them all wearing masks and then taking them off to do the filming., so we could get a further sense of Covid precautions. 

What I didn’t understand was why the lighting was so stomach churning.  Everyone had this ghastly jaundiced tinge to their complexions and looked as though their skin was made of leather covered with a thick spread of pancake makeup.

I really enjoyed Eddie Jackson as a judge and hope he becomes a regular.  Not only was he easy on the eyes, but he was charming, articulate and had interesting comments.  That was my biggest beef with Martha S.  She had nothing of interest to say.

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The silver lining to this whole grudge thing is getting to see Marcus cook! So glad he'll be in the finale. But Chopped has to be rooting for a judge since giving the money to a charity is a nice tax deduction.

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I was actually tense waiting for the final reveal.  I love Marcus and can't stand Tiffani and I was afraid they'd give it to her just to give her more credibility as a new judge.  

Did Chris finally marry his girlfriend?  He was wearing a wedding ring.  If they ever said anything on the show about him getting married, I missed it.

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I don't share the Tiffani hate and was hoping she'd pull it off.  Marcus will give the other chefs a run for the money in the finale.  Chris is the one who surprised me; neither of his dishes were what I'd call judge-worthy since we all expect more from the judges.  

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I like Tiffani and always have. I liked all four chefs who competed. They went out in the order I'd have predicted, and I wish Marcus (just keep talking, Marcus. I love your voice) the best of luck going forward. 

I think I watched Christian Petroni's Food Network Star season and don't remember having positive or negative feelings about him. Then I saw him in a few things and was "eh," but I've really come to like him and am glad he's been showing up on FN more often. He's an affable, self-deprecating guy who seems to hold his own in cooking and judging and has a good time while he's at it.   

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14 hours ago, mlp said:

I was actually tense waiting for the final reveal.  I love Marcus and can't stand Tiffani and I was afraid they'd give it to her just to give her more credibility as a new judge.  

Did Chris finally marry his girlfriend?  He was wearing a wedding ring.  If they ever said anything on the show about him getting married, I missed it.

So was I! 

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Love Marcus, and yes Eddie is easy on the eyes.  Tiffiani seems to have good instincts of how to manage foods that are not common.

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37 minutes ago, catrice2 said:

Love Marcus, and yes Eddie is easy on the eyes.  Tiffiani seems to have good instincts of how to manage foods that are not common.

She did seem to. 

 

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What Amanda made (after a fashion) was a blini, not a Bellini, which is what the onscreen graphic said.  I initially thought she was going to grind it up and serve it as a drink!

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On 1/13/2021 at 1:12 AM, mlp said:

I was actually tense waiting for the final reveal.  I love Marcus and can't stand Tiffani and I was afraid they'd give it to her just to give her more credibility as a new judge.  

Did Chris finally marry his girlfriend?  He was wearing a wedding ring.  If they ever said anything on the show about him getting married, I missed it.

Yes, they did get married and now have a son and a daughter. 

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I thought the challenger match last night was so much better than the first match.  It seemed like the judges were really struggling to find faults where on the round one challenger match it seemed like there were nothing but faults.  I really wish one or two of the chefs from last night were in round one.  I hated to see any of them loose and think they could have all won in the earlier round.  Of course it could have been easier baskets I don't know.

I know a lot of people don't like GZ and I can understand but I find him humorous.  I liked having him last night I thought it was a good balance to the judging table.  I do hope for the finale though they do blind tasting or something to make it fair - doubt they will though.  

One thing that constantly bugs me in these "preliminary" rounds is how they always say they're playing for $100K or just lost $100K or whatever when no no you're not.  You're playing for a chance to play for $100K.  These winners get zilch. 

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I also thought last night was a big improvement over last week.  I thought the right two chefs went to the final round and I was happy for the young man although I was actually rooting for Tristen.  I liked him during his first appearance.  

I do wish they'd all stop yelling about the 100K.  We heard you the first time.

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1 hour ago, mlp said:

I do wish they'd all stop yelling about the 100K.  We heard you the first time.

I find the "over production" whereby the judges constantly interrupt the contestants while they are cooking ridiculous as well as the outbursts you reference.  

I get the sense that the producers are trying to inject "new life" into what was always my favorite competitive cooking show; however, to my sensibilities, they should abide by the old adage:  "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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2 hours ago, mlp said:

I do wish they'd all stop yelling about the 100K.  We heard you the first time.

Not only the first time, the first 50 times!

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4 hours ago, Rammchick said:

Not only the first time, the first 50 times!

Make it a drinking game. Every time someone says $100k, take a drink. You will be on your butt by the end.

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