Ted Allen Claims Chopped Isn't a Ripoff of Top Chef
Responding to criticism right here that Chopped is a ripoff of Top Chef, Ted Allen gets all defensive on his blog, claiming that the show "has actually been percolating at Food Network for a few years." He starts out his post funny and sarcastic: "just because there are already 37 cooking-competition shows on TV doesn’t mean there are enough of them on Tuesday," but later on drops some criticism on Bravo and Top Chef:
There also is a culinary straightforwardness about [Chopped] that I find really satisfying, and particularly appropriate for a company called Food Network. There is no sleep deprivation, no “Big Brother” house full of bunk beds and cameras, no booze-fueled personal drama (as much as we all love the brainwashing and catfights on that certain show I used to judge). There are no team or catering challenges. Best of all, there is no product placement, so you never see passionate lovers of good food being forced to use packaged convenience junk thanks to Kraft/Altria/Exxon’s sponsorship.
Talk about biting the hand that fed him! Look, the claim that the production company City Lights Media has been working on Chopped for "a few years" as any sort of defense is just silly — Top Chef has been at it a long time, currently on season five. Just because there are a few changes to the format, it's ridiculous to defend the show as anything but a ripoff of what Bravo keeps reminding us is one of cable's most-watched shows. Confidential to Ted: Own up to it, host the show, cash your paycheck, and move on.