Most any chef can put together a five-star meal in a short amount of time. But can they do it from a specific set of ingredients that they didn’t pick? Chopped is a no-holds-barred cooking gauntlet.
Each episode, three chefs are given the same ingredients to spin into meals. The ingredients run the gamut from Kobe beef to gummy worms, and everything in between. Sometimes, things go awry, especially anytime anyone dares turn the ice cream machine on. But sometimes, scraps are spun into culinary gold. Whether you’re watching cooks falter or flourish, it’s as captivating as any cooking competition gets.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream Chopped.
What is Chopped?
Chopped premiered in January of 2009 on the Food Network. Since then, there have been a few spinoffs including Chopped Junior, which features younger cooks and Chopped: Canada, an international version. There have also been special episodes with specific themes like Chopped Champions, where Chopped winners compete and Chopped All-Stars, which featured Next Food Network Star contestants.
- Launched: January 2009
- Channel: Food Network
- Genre: Cooking/Competition
- Starring: Presented by Ted Allen. Judges include Alex Guarnascelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy, Amanda Freitag, Chris Santos, Scott Conant, Maneet Chauhan Angie Mar, Martha Stewart
- Seasons: 44
- Status: Pending
What the critics are saying:
- “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.” -Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
How to stream Chopped
Food Network is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming.
Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
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FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, and IFC.
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For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
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