Mystery baskets are filled with ingredients suggested by fans via social media. Among the foods the competing chefs have to work with are a frightfully difficult protein, boxed macaroni and cheese, a giant egg and some mushy fruit.
Bizarre surprises fill the baskets, when Andrew Zimmern is on hand to judge the competition. Ingredients include an offbeat ice cream flavor, unusual meat, a pink veggie, odd eggs and a peculiar Turkish treat.
The chefs compete to make the best late-night dishes. Among the ingredients they work with are a carb-heavy Canadian snack and an Italian sausage for the first course. Also: they must transform tiny burgers for entrées.
Eight chefs have been invited to the Chopped Kitchen to compete in pairs. In the first round, the duos learn to navigate the space together as they make appetizers that include date vinegar and chili garlic coated peas.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner make up the three rounds. The first basket includes tiny eggs and fancy coffee; midday meals are prepared using peanut butter and jelly; and while fixing supper, one chef frantically searches for a missing ingredient.
Police officers and paramedics compete. Included: hummus chips and ground bison as appetizer ingredients; fiery jawbreakers and rotisserie chicken in the entrée baskets; and desserts made with angel food cake.
Bakers compete. Included: a rich fish and rice pudding come into play, when making focaccia appetizers; the entrée round feels like a trap; and an alarming candied ingredient shows up in the dessert baskets.
Grilling is a requirement in each round. Included: watermelon and wine coolers are appetizer ingredients; a beautiful cut of beef and tedious-to-prep beans are used to make entrées; and desserts are created with a cone of sugar and pitcher of lemonade.