The Contestants on Food Network's Chopped Television Show

Premiering January 13th is Food Network's Chopped (see the video promo), their knock-off of Top Chef featuring Ted Allen as host and judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez, and Marc Murphy. The website has finally been updated with information on the contestants, and there are a few chefs from the New York City restaurant scene: Ed Witt, Josh Emett (Chef de Cuisine at Gordon Ramsay at The London), Einat Admony (the chef/owner of Taim), and more.

Maybe, just maybe, this show won't be so bad. Maybe.

January 13: Octopus, Duck, Animal Crackers (link)
Katie Rosenhouse, Executive Pastry Chef - Olana Restaurant, NYC
Perry Pollaci, cook - Bar Blanc, NYC (who incidentally was a cook at Rocco DiSpirito's The Restaurant)
Sandy Davis, Chef - Union Theological Seminary, NYC
Summer Kriegshauser, Private Chef and Nutrition Coach, NYC

January 20: Tofu, Blueberries, Oysters (link)
Christopher Jackson, Executive Chef and Owner - Ted and Honey, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Klaus Kronsteiner, Chef de Cuisine - Liberty National Golf Course, New Jersey
Pippa Calland, Owner/Chef - Chef for Hire, Newville, Pa.
Raymond Jackson, Private Caterer and Instructor, Westchester County, N.Y.

January 27: Avocado, Tahini, Bran Flakes (link)
Andre Marrero, Chef Tournant - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, NYC
Chris Burke, Private Chef for celebrity, NYC
Margaritte Malfy, Executive Chef/Co-Owner - La Palapa, NYC
Rachelle Rodwell, Chef de Cuisine at the Soho Grand Hotel, NYC

February 3: Banana, Collard Greens, Grits (link)
Einat Admony, Chef/Owner - Taim, NYC
Kyle Shadix, Chef, Registered Dietician & Culinary Consultant, NYC
Luis Gonzalez, Executive Chef - Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, NYC
Sean Chudoba, Executive Chef - Ayza Wine Bar, NYC

February 10: Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas (link)
Andrea Bergquist, Formerly, Executive Chef - Merkato 55, NYC
Ed Witt, Executive Chef - Bloomingdale Road and Wine Directory, NYC
John Keller, Former Executive Chef at Bruno Jamais and Current Restaurateur, NYC
Josh Emett, Chef de Cuisine - Gordon Ramsay at The London, NYC

February 17: Canned Peaches, Rice Cakes, Beets (link)
Chris Coleman, Private Executive Chef, Long Island, N.Y.
Cindi Avila, Catering Manager/Chef at CRISP, NYC
Lucas Manteca, Chef and Owner – Sea Salt & Quahog's Restaurants, Stone Harbor, N.J.
Robert Burmeister, Executive Chef / Owner – CHOW Gourmet Kitchen, Staten Island, N.Y.

February 24: Quail, Arctic Char, Beer (link)
Abe Lopez, Chef de Cuisine - Pacifico, Center Valley, PA
Lior Lev Sercarz, Chef and Owner of La Boite A Biscuits and La Boite A Epices, NYC
Melinda Dorn, Sous Chef and Instructor
Ralph Battista, Executive Chef – Butterfield 8, NYC

March 3: Coconut, Calamari, Donuts (link)
David Orgenage, Corporate Executive Chef - Ammos, NYC
Francesco Peluso, Owner – Peluso's Italian Specialties, Clifton, N.J.
Gwenael LePage, Executive Chef – Frederick's (Upper East Side and Downtown), NYC
Mina Newman, Executive Chef – Christos Steak House, Queens, N.Y.

March 7: Mac & Cheese, Cola, Bacon (link)
David Goldwhite, Personal Private Chef, NYC
Gypsy Gifford, Executive Chef at Café Pinot, part of the Patina Restaurant Group, Los Angeles, Calif.
James Biscione, Chef Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, NYC
William Lustberg, Chef Saucier/Sous Chef at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC

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