Casting Call: Chopped Needs Professional and Amateur Chefs

1 Aug

Food Network is looking for some Chopped champions.  People who can think quickly, creating a meal from scratch based on just a select few ingredients.  This time around on the show, though, they won’t be looking just for professional chefs to win the $10,000 dollar prize.  Chopped will be changing things up with special themed episodes just like the recent Chopped Grill Masters.  These are the possible themes for shows that you could end up cooking on:

  • Amateur Chefs
  • Teen Cooks
  • Military Chefs
  • Culinarily-Creative Moms
  • Formerly Overweight Chefs Who’ve Slimmed Down
  • Unsung Hero Chefs, Cooking for a Cause
  • Families That Cook
  • Family Feud

All you need to do is click here to get to the casting call, answer the questions, then wait for your call from Food Network.  Just like Melt Mobile did with Bobby Flay’s new show 3 Days to Open, let’s show the country what Connecticut is made of.  Also take note that there are also professional chefs wanted.

So, time for your mystery box challenge!

What would you cook with these ingredients?

Pork shoulder




Raspberry jelly

17 Responses to “Casting Call: Chopped Needs Professional and Amateur Chefs”

  1. Adrienne June 30, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    I would slow roast the pork shoulder with a bit of sea salt, garlic, and cilantro. Since pork tends to be a bland white color when done, I’ll add a little paprika for color. While the pork is cooking I would prepare a barbecue sauce with not so subtle notes of chocolate, paprika and raspberry jelly. I would then prepare a coleslaw (I like a little heat, so I would like add just a bit of jalapeño to the slaw). Next, I would cut corn tortillas into wedges and fry them. Finally, I would plate the tortilla chips, layer pork on top, then chocolate sauce and top it off with the coleslaw. Enjoy!

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  2. Yendie January 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Take pork shoulder, cut into equal sized chunks. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Make a butter milk batter and a flour, and breadcrumb coating. Deep fry until golden brown. Make a chocolate raspberry and paprika sauce. Toss chunks of pork in sauce and serve with cilantro leaves and toasted almonds


  3. Lauren bohm January 10, 2016 at 1:50 am #

    Make a glaze with the chocolate cilantro and raspberry jam season the pork shoulder with the peprika then grill it and slice it after it is grilled then plate it with small pieces of cilantro leaves

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  4. Loronzo White August 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I would make a hot dough (equal parts apork stock/flour) quick freeze. Take paprika, chocolate, cream cheese and mix together. Remove the dough break into golf ball size rounds. Roll out. Place the chocolate cream cheese mixture at the bottom. Place pork in center. Coat with egg wash and bread crumbs. Deep fry and add cilantro and jelly to remaining cream cheese mixture. Use as a dipping sauce.


  5. charles Halliburton January 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I would grill the pork shoulder in paprika and cilantro and garlic sause with lemon chocolate raspberry purea with lemon grass shrimps


  6. megan young January 6, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    I would break the shoulder down, taking all the meat off, and pan fry it, seasoning with paprika, garlic, and cilantro. With the cilantro, raspberry jelly, chocolate, and paprika, I would mix all of it together, with some ancho chili, and make a mole sauce. I toast some tortillas, put my pork in, top with my molec squeeze of lime, and cilantro.


  7. Danny Kaplan May 22, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    you cant bake and plate a full pork shoulder in 20 minutes.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 22, 2013 at 5:49 am #

      Ah, they’ll make them find a way…like maybe cutting up just one rib, then boiling it or flash smoking or some weird cooking technique that we’ve never even heard of. It’ll probably be horrible, though. :P Ribs need time, yeah.


  8. Maleeka Scott May 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I would blend the paprika and cilantro with basil and ginger. Rub the pork shoulder in the mixture brown then bake. While shoulder is baking I will make a sauce with the chocolate and raspberry jelly with merlot and sugar/salt to taste if needed. My husbandaalways ask why I don’t go on the show or cook any of the dishes. .. my answer for the cooking is affordability and going on the show is I never knew they allowed normal people to perform. I am so excited to share my thoughts.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 19, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Maleeka, that sounds AWESOME! You should definitely apply. The worst that happens is they say no. The best is that you get to go on. :)


  9. Misty Holycross October 14, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Pecan paprika coated pork braised with a raspberry jelly and wine reduction. Served with a cilantro-lime risotto and a chocolate martini


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro October 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Misty…wow. That sounds amazing. We’re going to have to try that one! :)


  10. tawanaca davenport September 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Pork shoulder cilantro marinated steaks with a paprika Mexican spiced chocolate sauce raspberry glazed sweet potatoes and sauteed kale with Pico de galleo


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