Make sure you use everything in the basket and hope you don’t get saddled with broccoli during the final dessert challenge in today’s DraftKings Sportsbook Chopped picks contest. It’s your chance to win for following along with the opening of the 46th season (!!) of one of the most popular shows on the Food Network.
Tonight’s episode is title “Beat The Judge: Alex” and contestants will compete against frequent judge Alex Guarnaschelli, executive chef of New York City’s Butter. Here’s the listed description for tonight’s show:
“Returning winners vie for a chance to compete against Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli, but the competitors may have second thoughts after they see the jar of bright orange sauce in the appetizer basket.”
And with that knowledge, we’ll make some best bets on some of the 12 questions you’ll need to answer correctly to win up to $1000 tonight!
“Will any contestant forget a basket ingredient?”
Since these are all returning champions competing against a judge on the show, we doubt anyone would be foolish enough to forget an ingredient, no matter how hard it might be to work with pumpkin and sweetbreads in the same basket. Just too much experience here, so we’ll say this is a no.
“Will any judge use the term “undercooked” or “raw” when grading the entree round?”
So everything we know about the show says yes, it’s a bit kitschy and sometimes personality matters as much as culinary talent to actually become a contestant, but nobody questions that you do actually only get 30 minutes to cook during the entree and dessert rounds. And under that kind of time crunch, it’s very easy to under prepare a dish. And it happens plenty. We’ll say this is a yes.
“Where will the winner be based out of?”
* East of the Mississippi
* West of the Mississippi
If there’s a criticism of the show, which is filmed in Chelsea Market in NYC, it’s that the judges prefer traditional cuisine that focuses on big city prestige dining establishments sometimes. And especially in a previous champions edition, we’ll lean towards a big-market chef with a name on a shingle based in the Eastern Time Zone, taking home the victory. Especially with the competition being Alex Guarnaschelli, some intra-NYC rivalry might make for good tv. Plus most of the country lives east of the Mississippi anyway.
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