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Doing our own Next Chopped Top Iron Chef


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Doing our own Next Chopped Top Iron Chef

motteditor | | Feb 24, 2011 05:53 AM

Just curious, has anyone tried to do their own version of any of the various TV cooking show/competitions?

I'm trying to organize something like that for a party and just looking for suggestions/feedback of how it went.

So far, I think we're going to aim for four teams of two chefs, with partners being paired by random selection (drawing names from a hat).

Guests would each pay $10, which would be split between the teams, who would get one hour to shop for groceries before the competition begins.

We figured we'd have three judges, though thinking about it, maybe it would actually be better to just let everyone have a vote. (Though I still like the idea of judges as some sort of master of ceremonies.)

The secret ingredient is kind of where we're struggling with the best way to do it, though I suppose it may just be a matter of preference. Some of the things we're thinking about::
* Should there be one secret ingredient through the whole contest (a la Iron Chef) or varied per the three courses (a la Chopped)?
* Should the judges pick the secret ingredient(s), or should we have each chef put an idea in a hat and draw from that? Either way, should the ingredient be a protein, which would probably be the dominant item in most of the courses, or something that can be worked in to a greater or lesser degree (i.e. strawberries or peanut butter...)?
* Should the chefs find out the ingredient(s) right before the competition or get 24 hours?

Any other thoughts from anyone who might've done something like this?

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