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Parents' Guide to

Chopped

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Drama-free cooking show that's great for family viewing.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 10+

Pay attention to who they chop.

They chop more black and brown people than the whites. Notice the pattern just don't take my word for it.
age 18+

Adult Chopped

The outrageous items they have to cook with is not acceptable. Producers need to be more realistic and reasonable. Cannot watch show any more because of that. Judges should have to replicate because they are too judgemental of items.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This show is ideal for kids who like to cook. Competing chefs take you through their pre-cooking thought process ("the white chocolate could be mixed with cornmeal and made into a kind of corn pudding to put on top of the fish") in a way that's both absorbing and educational. Commentary from the judges is blunt, but not nasty and personal; and though the chefs generally come on with some kind of "I'm the winner!" bravado, all the tension on Chopped comes from the chefs battling the ticking time clock and the oddball ingredients, not each other.

Speaking of those ingredients, that's probably the most entertaining element of the show. Watching professional chefs squirm as they try to marry ground beef, wonton wrappers and bananas is mighty entertaining. Don't be surprised if the kids start rooting around in your cabinets for odds and ends to turn into dinner, or "How could we cook this?" becomes a favored driving game.

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