When it comes to Food Network cooking competition shows, Chopped is the best of the best. From its quick pace to its impressive prize money, the show is all about exhilarating viewers with chefs making mad dashes to cook up dishes that are as delicious as they are unique. But despite its fast-paced format, the making of an episode is a huge undertaking. According to a former contestant, each episode can take up to 14 hours to film. That includes set up, judging deliberations, and post-show interviews—which contestants have to do whether they win or not.
The majority of the show is filmed at Food Network Studios in New York City, which a former contestant told CheatSheet has a crew of more than 140 people on site at any given time. The studios also house other Food Network shows, including Iron Chef America, 30 Minute Meals, Guy's Big Bite, Tyler's Ultimate, and Essence of Emeril.
While the main Chopped set has a judges' table and culinary work stations, other locations are used for special episodes or when weather or logistics don't allow for filming inside. For example, a recent episode of Grill Masters was filmed on an outdoor set at the Queens County Farm in New York.
The process of becoming a contestant on the show begins with an online application and an in-person interview, a former contestant tells Thrillist. Once a contestant is selected, they'll have to block out two days in their schedules for filming. In addition to the on-camera rounds, each chef will have to give a pre-show interview and do an hour to an hour and a half of post-show interviews. As for the kitchen itself, one former contestant told Delish that chefs are allowed to bring up to seven knives to the set.
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