Parents' Guide to

Chopped 420

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Cannabis cooking competition is strictly one note.

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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.

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