A cooking themed party can be fantastic fun. If you like cooking, or even if you just like to eat, you can invite your friends over for a cook-off party. These parties are all about enjoying each other’s company, having fun trying new things, and–of course–food. If you are considering having a cook-off party, one great way to do it is to use a “Chopped” set-up.
What is “Chopped”?
” Chopped ” is a popular TV show on the Food Network. The basic set up of the show is quite simple. A group of chefs are all given a basket of ingredients. These ingredients may be items that complement each other, like chocolate and cream, or they may be items that you wouldn’t normally use together, like pesto and bananas. They then have to include all of the ingredients in one dish (normally within a time limit). They may also use pantry items in their dish. Their dishes are then judged for the way in which the ingredients were used, presentation, and taste.
Why have a “Chopped” party?
If you are considering having a cooking party to entertain friends, then “Chopped” really is a great option. Because you are forced to use unexpected ingredients, it makes the event a lot of fun. When I’ve done this we’ve normally ended up spending a lot of time laughing. Also, because you can’t plan your dishes ahead of time, it helps to make it a more even competition. Another important factor is that if a dish doesn’t turn out as well as expected, you can blame it unfamiliar ingredients rather than the cook. This will help all of your friends to have a better time at your party.
How do you plan your “Chopped” party?
It is important to “Chopped” that you have at least one judge who is not going to cook. This judge will need to pick the required ingredients, and then judge the finished dishes. As the host, you may want to be the judge and supply the food. If you would rather cook, then coordinate with someone else in advance. They should keep the secret ingredients secret until the beginning of the cookoff.
You’ll also want to make sure that you have some basic cooking and baking ingredients on hand, like flour, milk, eggs, sugar, etc. Try to divide kitchen space so that there’s room for everyone (it’s ok if it’s cramped).
Also, let people know that it will be a cook-off party. Invite them to wear their favorite apron. Be sure to find out if anyone has any food allergies in advance.
You may want to tie your “Chopped” party in with a holiday. For example, make pumpkin a required ingredient at Thanksgiving, or give them gingerbread at Christmas time.
The great thing about a “chopped” party is that you don’t really need any extra decorations or activities. People will have fun just in the cooking competition. It’s a really fun way to spend time together.