My “Chopped” Challenge judging experience…

OK folks…I have a confession to make…

I love the Food Network/Cooking Channel/any food tv show. 

Seriously. I will totally eat a meal while watching whatever is on Food Network hoping my food would taste like what they are making… (I think Jim Gaffigan did a stand up bit about this…haha)

OK- so now that confession is out of the way, needless to say you can understand my excitement when Dan and I were asked to be JUDGES for a local “Chopped” competition. 

This competition? At our friend’s house. The Chefs? Still in Elementary School! 

Meet Carson and Leyton. These young aspiring chefs blew us away with a wonderful dinner last night “Chopped” Style! 2014-06-23 19.44.35

Last night was their 3rd “competition.” This all started when Michelle (Leyton’s Mom) was going to prepare stuffed peppers for dinner, but Leyton wasn’t all into that. Michelle came back with a “How about you make dinner then.” And that’s exactly what Leyton and Carson did- they took the ingredients for stuffed peppers and made it into a casserole that was more to their liking. Needless to say this started something…and I wanted to see it for myself!

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Michelle (Mom) explaining the rules.

Here’s how it worked: Mom brings in a bag of mystery ingredients. Carson and Leyton had 5 minutes to discuss their plan of attack after seeing ingredients and then 50 minutes for dinner (same for the dessert round, except they only had 25 minutes). Much like the show, they had access to the “pantry” aka anything in the kitchen and fresh herbs outside, and every judge had to have the same thing on each plate. 

So what was for dinner? Here were the ingredients these two had to use:

-Flour Tortillas
-Green Onions
-grilled chicken 
-black beans
-mozzerella Cheese2014-06-23 19.34.22

And here is what they created: A tortilla pizza! they pulled tomato sauce from the pantry to make this delicious treat. 

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They did run into a problem though- not enough tomato sauce…so what did they do? Made their own with Diced tomatoes, salt and sugar! I was super impressed.

And even though I thought THAT was good…the best was yet to come…

DESSERT!2014-06-23 20.38.16

The ingredients:

-italian waffle cookies
-whipped cream
-blueberries
-strawberries
-coconut
-mini chocolate chips

Now I could eat all these things on their own. but what Carson and Leyton created was amazing! 

They found ice cream in the freezer- added strawberries, blueberries and chocolate syrup to make their own ice cream flavor! (slightly melty, but you can’t blame them for that- they only had 25 minutes!) then they made these wonderful sandwiches and even added some mint! 2014-06-23 21.07.37

So the moral of the story (if there is one) is this…watch out parents, your kids just may surprise you. And if it has anything to do with food please invite me over! :)

Thank you again Leyton and Carson for an amazing dinner and to Michelle and Sara for allowing us to come see the competition and judge! 

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PS: Boys will never stop being boys. Left- Dan enjoying chocolate milk from a wine glass, Right: Leyton finishing off what was left of the “ice cream”

One thought on “My “Chopped” Challenge judging experience…

  1. Love this! What great parenting! “What? You don’t like what I am making for dinner? Then you can make dinner!” No “You will eat what I eat and like it…. Instead what happened was a creative collaboration that resulted in a meal that made two boys feel confident and you did not have to cook. LOVE every part of this.

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