In our post about our trip to Connecticut, we mentioned that we had played a game of “Chopped” . Our friends had done this before and it sounded like a lot of fun, so one morning we decided that it would be fun to do together 😀
The judges got to decide on what ingredients had to be used, then the ‘chefs’ were given a time limit to finish each dish: appetizer, main dish and dessert. On one of the courses, the chefs were running around right down to the last minute, making the judges nervous…just like the tv show 😀
Then after the judges tried the dishes and talked to the contestants, the contestants went into a bedroom and talked about their dishes and wondered when they would be allowed to come back out. Let me tell you, they were messy! So the judges and anyone else available helped decide who got chopped, then they cleaned up and got the next set of ingredients ready. I know we started sometime in the morning, and we didn’t finish until well after lunchtime! If I remember right, it was near suppertime 😀
We did our best to find ‘out of the ordinary’ ingredients from what we had. Some of the combinations were quite interesting!
The four contestants, Susannah, Cassia, Colleen, and Kelley
The four judges: Joseph, Allison, Anna and Rebekah
And off they go! It was so much fun to watch them running around the kitchen, working around each other…they did great!
Here’s a short video showing a little of the cooking that went on 🙂
The first course, the appetizer, had to include potatoes, lettuce, and eggs.
Unlike the tv show, the chefs did not each get their own stove. Instead, everyone got their own burner. As each chef was chopped, it was first come, first serve for the extra burners.
The finished result…
some make potato salad, some made a hashbrown and egg dish, one made a ‘lettuce wrap’ with the potatoes and eggs inside
Colleen and Cassia, awaiting the next round.
The next course, the main dish, included the following:
Cassia busily cooking away. They really did a great job with this course…I tried all of them and they were pretty tasty! Some of the girls hid their maple syrup by boiling the noodles in maple syrup water, and others hid the cocoa with the hamburger.
Lots of pans, sizzling away!
Not all these pictures are in order, because I know that Susannah got chopped first…they didn’t like the extra spice and mustard in her potato salad!
Kelley busily cooking 😀
We love this picture of Cassia…she was trying to figure out a microwave she’d never used before!
Cassia getting ready to use her hamburger
I did the video and Leah was the photographer. She got some really neat pictures with Colleen’s nice camera!
The judges and the audience, waiting, waiting….
Another pretty picture by Leah
The last two contestants…Colleen and Kelley. We were terribly mean to them in our choice of ingredients. Orange popsicles, airheads, peaches (but we changed the peaches midstream because we discovered that they were rotten), mozzerella cheese sticks and pistachios. Both of them did amazing considering what awful ingredients we gave them!
Colleen, our Chopped Champion 😀
Our prize wasn’t that spectacular…nobody had $10,000 they wanted to part with, so the prize was just winning in itself 😀 But we all had a LOT of fun, which is worth much, much more!
Chopped didn’t end there, though. Once we got home the younger girls and the boys were always playing Chopped, only with plastic food 😀
A picture of Isaiah, playing Chopped by himself…Noah was the judge. We don’t have any videos of this, but when the girls all played ‘Chopped’ together downstairs, Isaiah was ‘Ted’, the guy who announces who has been ‘chopped’ out of the competition. It was really cute to watch him as he would put his hand on the lid, look straight at the person who was being chopped, and in a dramatic little voice saying, “and WHO is on the chopping block???”
Here’s a video of the girls and Isaiah playing Chopped 😀 I never knew that you could get that excited and nervous over the plastic version…it was really cute to watch!
I think Andrew approved of the food 😉 Miss you Andrew!