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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chopped 420 is a competition show where chefs cook with cannabis. A spinoff of the stalwart Chopped, Chopped 420 features chef contestants who specialize in cooking with cannabis, THC, and CBD. Marijuana is the center of the show, and it's discussed in detail, from its medical uses to how different types affect people in different ways. There are frequent comedy segments about how the food is affecting the judges. The contestants are very skilled and accomplished chefs, and they find creative ways to use strange ingredients, but these tend to be overshadowed by the series' narrow focus on cannabis. Profanity is frequently used and includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc. and there are some casual mentions of sex.
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What's the Story?
CHOPPED 420 is a cooking competition show that features chefs who specialize in cooking with cannabis. It is hosted by Ron Funches and features a rotating group of judges. Each episode showcases four new competitors, who are given access to a kitchen stocked with food, various strains of marijuana, and many CBD- and THC-infused products. Chefs are also given secret ingredients that must be used in their dish, which can be anything from dandelion greens to French toast pizza. The chefs cook an appetizer, entree, and dessert, and one chef is eliminated after each course until a single winner takes home $10,000.
Is It Any Good?
One byproduct of the legalization of marijuana has been an increased popularity of cooking with it, and the wave of competition shows trying to capitalize on that. Chopped 420 joins Cooking on High, Cooked with Cannabis, Bong Appetite, and other shows that highlight chefs who specialize in cooking with cannabis. The contestant pool is the series' greatest strength, featuring chefs from diverse backgrounds who each have a unique relationship with food and marijuana. Unfortunately, the contestants tend to get overshadowed by Chopped 420's narrow focus on weed. Everything gets brought back to marijuana, and weed jokes have not improved in the nearly 50 years since Cheech and Chong's heyday. Predictably, episodes feature the judges losing their train of thought, getting the munchies, and falling down (and for some reason, cannabis cooking shows all feature a relentless amount of puns). Chopped 420 brings nothing particularly unique to the cooking competition genre, each episode feels almost exactly the same, and at its worst, it reverts to turning marijuana use into a broad stereotype.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about cannabis. Why is cooking with cannabis popular? Why is there a whole show focused on it? What maked Chopped 420 unique?
How do the contestants and judges talk about using cannabis, in food and otherwise? In which ways do they use it medicinally? What about recreationally? What are the benefits of cooking with cannabis?
Which chefs do you find yourself rooting for? Why? What techniques and style choices do the different chefs use on the show?What do you think makes a good dish?
- Premiere date: April 20, 2021
- Cast: Ron Funches
- Network: Discovery+
- Genre: Game Shows
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: July 2, 2022
Our Editors Recommend
Cooking on High
Cannabis-themed cooking competition is almost too mellow.
Chopped: After Hours
Judges tackle ingredients in good watch-together web show.
Food fails are hilarious in this comedic competition.
For kids who love cooking shows
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