‘Chopped’: People Really Don’t Like Martha Stewart’s Judging

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Chopped is one of the Food Network’s reality show competitions. Whereas The Worst Cooks in America tries to make lemonade out of metaphorical lemons in the kitchen, Chopped works with more seasoned chefs.

Four chefs compete in a three-round contest, with the goal being to incorporate unusual combinations of ingredients into dishes that are evaluated by a panel of three judges. The chefs are each given a basket containing four mystery ingredients and they must that use all of them in some way.

The challenge is that the ingredients typically do not go together tastefully. For example, in an episode titled “Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas,” the ingredients were watermelon, canned sardines, pepper jack cheese, and zucchini.

The chefs are allowed to use a pantry and refrigerator stocked with a wide variety of other ingredients The kitchen also includes a variety of tools and equipment for the chefs’ use, with the idea being that the other ingredients and the tools might make the initially unappealing combinations appealing.

Martha Stewart has her ups and downs

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Chopped is one of the best-known shows on the Food Network, and Martha Stewart is one of the best-known judges to appear on it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that fans think the two of them should go together.

Martha Stewart is not only a person but is also quite literally a brand name which suggests a certain coziness. However, Stewart’s brand has been tarnished by other events even apart from Chopped.

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Martha Stewart | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

Chopped is one of the Food Network’s reality show competitions. Whereas The Worst Cooks in America tries to make lemonade out of metaphorical lemons in the kitchen, Chopped works with more seasoned chefs.

Four chefs compete in a three-round contest, with the goal being to incorporate unusual combinations of ingredients into dishes that are evaluated by a panel of three judges. The chefs are each given a basket containing four mystery ingredients and they must that use all of them in some way.

The challenge is that the ingredients typically do not go together tastefully. For example, in an episode titled “Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas,” the ingredients were watermelon, canned sardines, pepper jack cheese, and zucchini.

The chefs are allowed to use a pantry and refrigerator stocked with a wide variety of other ingredients The kitchen also includes a variety of tools and equipment for the chefs’ use, with the idea being that the other ingredients and the tools might make the initially unappealing combinations appealing.

Martha Stewart has her ups and downs

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Chopped has run on The Food Network for 44 seasons, and Stewart has been a judge on seasons 36 and 38 through 43. Having a name like Stewart’s on the show would be a feather in the cap, but some people find the feather irritating.

For many years, Stewart’s name was synonymous with tasteful products. She gained prominence through the show Martha Stewart Living, which ran from 1993 to 2004. Her bio on PBS reads:

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“Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful how-to, information and a guide for all aspects of everyday living — cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets.”

Fairly or not, her brand was tarnished when she served a four-month prison sentence on stock trading

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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