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Martha Stewart Joins Chopped as Recurring Guest Judge

Martha Stewart is joining the Food Network as a recurring guest judge on Chopped, the network said Monday. She will join host Ted Allen, and series regularsManeet Chauhan,Scott Conant,Amanda Freitag,Alex Guarnaschelli,Marc Murphy,Marcus Samuelsson,Chris SantosandGeoffrey Zakarian, beginning June 5. As a lifestyle expert and bestselling author with millions of devoted followers and fans, Martha Stewarts name is synonymous with perfection, saidCourtney White, executive vice president of programming at the Food Network and HGTV.   ...Read More...

Celebrities Enter the Kitchen for Charity on All-New "Chopped: Star Power" Tournament

The winner from each heat will move on to the grand finale for a chance to earn the grand prize - $50,000 for the charity of their choice. ....Read More... //

'Chopped All-Stars' Maneet Chauhan aims to make Indian food more accessible in Nashville

Visiting a remote village near Manipal, India, Maneet Chauhan delights in her homeland."We are driving and there will be a cow, a rickshaw, some goats, some dogs," she tells Zap2it. "It is like a video game. It just adds to the wonderful, wonderful chaos of the place."Her 18-month-old daughter is with her, and Chauhan is training herself to do what parents must around toddlers."She is starting to have a personality of her own, and they have to emulate whatever you are doing," Chauhan says. "I have to control my language -- no kitchen language."Chef Chauhan is familiar to Food Network viewers of "Chopped." She's on "Chopped All-Stars," which launches a new season Sunday, April 7.After years of working in fine restaurants in Chicago and New York, Chauhan is opening her first restaurant, a microbrewery and gastropub with an Indian flair."Everybody tries so hard to pair wines with Indian food, and it has never been a... //

'Chopped: Grill Masters' Aaron Sanchez: 'I like to do a whole hog'

He may have just headed into the Wild West to judge "Chopped: Grill Masters" -- a five-episode offshoot of the Food Network favorite devoted to the temperamental art of cooking outdoors -- but the only person Aaron Sanchez is trying to wrangle when reached by phone is his driver.Still, he juggles shouting directions to his befuddled chauffeur and talking about the show with an expert cool that would make any "Chopped" contestant proud."Everyone thinks that cooking outside is grilling," Sanchez tells Zap2it, as car horns blare in the background, "but grilling is high heat and fast, and barbecuing is low and slow. What I think is so cool is about this series of 'Chopped' is that we're really making that clear."Sanchez is also delighted that the series cut a wide swath in searching for its 16 smoke-happy competitors, tapping the traditional barbecue regions of Tennessee, Texas and the Carolinas but also bringing in grillers from... //

Chopped All-Stars Finale Peek: Which Chef Will Make the Cut?

After four grueling matches, it's come down to this:   Chopped will crown its all-star champ, who, in addition to bragging rights, will receive $50,000 for the charity of their choice. It's been an intense and entertaining competition so far with many chefs underestimating the time limit, unique mystery ingredients and back-to-back challenges. Only four chefs remain: Michael Proietti, Anne Burrell, Nate Appleman and Aaron Sanchez. //