I’m an avid watcher of the Food Network’s television show ‘Chopped.’ Chopped is a show where professional and private chefs compete against one another in preparing a tasty dish based on originality, creativity and taste. The show starts with four chefs who are all faced with the same basket of secret ingredients and tasked to prepare an appetizer making use of the secret ingredients. At the end of each task (appetizer, entrée and dessert) one of the chef’s is eliminated (chopped) until there is only one remaining chef who is deemed the champion. Each round revolves around a basket of secret ingredients and the individual chef’s ingenuity and experience. I find by watching this show I continually learn new techniques and ways which to mix ingredients together.
I’d love to see a version of “Chopped Arabia” which would follow the same pattern as the popular Food Network show. A Chopped Arabia could highlight the unique ingredients used in Arabian cooking. It would be interesting to see how Arab chefs would make use of mixing ingredients together. I can envision a show which would use lots of lamb, fresh vegetables and the plethora of spices only available in the Mideast region.
This would be an excellent opportunity to showcase Arabian cooking styles and dishes. It is the kind of show that is popular among both genders and allows opportunities for both personal and professional chefs.
I have to forewarn American Bedu readers that if they have not watched Chopped and plan to view an episode, be careful – the show can easily give one an appetite!
Check out this video to get a teaser on what Chopped is about!