Johnnie Weir to Cook again!
Oh, for pete's sake. He's not the next Escoffier. What's more, Chopped is incredibly fast-paced and pressurized. I've watched it from time to time, and experienced chefs fold like fans. It's the equivalent of a skating program where all the jumps have to be quads. I wish Johnny would take a course in techniques before he plunges in to this.
Wicked Yankee Girl
I watched Chopped last night.
The chefs had half an hour to make a desert containing plum tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, Mexican crema (sort of like creme fraiche), and some kind of root vegetable I'd never heard of.
And they have to make three courses, all with weird ingredients. They have to think fast and be able to leap into action at once, so they can't waste time trying to think of a technique to use; they have to know them all and be able to commence without a second thought. Just the knife skills they need to have--cutting in all kinds of textures in double-quick time without cutting themselves--are probably beyond even the most talented amateur.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Yes, and I've seen several Chopped contestants cut themselves quite badly.
It is a brutal contest.
And the 3 judges are 3 Simon Cowell clones, all pretty nasty.
Yeah I saw Johnny on that cooking competition recently and I would say he needs more training too. Chopped is hard and I've watched almost all of those episodes.
Why are you all assuming that his competitors will be skilled chefs/cooks? My guess is that the other celebrities may be on a par with Johnny. He's not a bad cook. He may be up against a lesser known comedian, a football player, a back-up singer, etc., etc.
So you're saying it might be a celebrity Chopped? I didn't think of that. That would be different, because allowances would be made.
Well, for the episode featuring celebrities - it might be more of an 'even field' and perhaps they will give easier baskets or something like that; but what struck me as a bit odd is that the season features three episodes with really well known chefs (and I'm sooooo going to have high hopes for Chef Faulkner) and then the celebrity episdoe, and then it says Finale. I wonder if the winning celeb will go to the finale - that seems like that would be super difficult and unnerving.
I watched the Rachel and Guy show and thought Johnny was quite entertaining. And he took the cooking seriously. His downfall was when he had to cook for kids. Not only had he never had a hot dog in his life - he didn't know how to cook them. I'm thinking that this Celebrity Chopped might be a better fit because you're rewarded for creativity. More power to him if he can make some money and you know he'll never be boring!
Maybe you're right and Johnny was funny....him and his hairstyles.
Originally Posted by noskates
During the 1st round, Johnny would be competing against other celebrities. There will be 4 1st rounds and the winners of each go to the finale.
Originally Posted by Olympia
The other celebrities and professionals are noted in the link in the initial post.
Chop recently had an episode of all home cooks. The items they had to use weren't as challenging as other episodes IMHO. However, there are some home chefs who really do expose themselves to a wide variety of food items and cooking techniques. Everyone's gotta start somewhere.
Personally, I think they should've asked Brian Boitano. He has a cooking show and cookbook.
For those of you who don't want to click on the link:
Part 1: "Food Network vs. Cooking Channel" Premieres Sunday, April 7 at 9 PM ET/PT
Competitors: Nadia G., Jeff Mauro, Gabriele Corcos, Sunny Anderson
Judges: Chris Santos, Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan
Part 2: "Mega Chefs" Premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 PM ET/PT
Competitors: Elizabeth Falkner, Chuck Hughes, Gavin Kaysen, Richard Blais
Judges: Chris Santos, Marcus Samuelsson, Maneet Chauhan
Part 3: "Chopped Judges" Premieres Sunday, April 21 at 9 PM ET/PT
Competitors: Alex Guarnaschelli, Amanda Freitag, Scott Conant, Marc Murphy
Judges: Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson
Part 4: "Celebrities" Premieres Sunday, April 28 at 9 PM ET/PT
Competitors: Johnny Weir, Joey Fatone, Laila Ali, Judy Gold
Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson
Joey Fatone - former boy bander, contestant on DWTS twice and TV show host.
Laila Ali - Muhammed Ali's daughter, competed 1 season of DWTS, former boxer
Okay, this makes a lot more sense. I can see Johnny competing against contestants like this. I stand corrected. Thanks for the info!
Why do they keep having the same celebrities on these kinds of shows?
Bio of Judy Gold