Chop, chop! The Food Network’s ultimate think-quick cook-off challenge, Chopped, is spending a season up here with us Canucks. (Brrr!) The premier of Chopped Canada aired just this passed Thursday, featuring all-Canadian judges, Canadian host Dean McDermott, and of course, Canadian chefs from across the nation.
Episode one proved more than just our homegrown talents, but also that our stereotyped ultra-nice dispositions are in fact warranted. Here are three reasons Chopped Canada is nicer than its American counterpart, unquestionably paralleling the representation of our amiable country…
The Judges Rooted for the Competitors
I know, right?! Instead of relishing in the sabotage, the judges seemed to genuinely want to see the competitors do their best. During the dessert round, one of the final two chefs forgot to press the start button on their oven after setting the temperature, potentially ruining her chances of winning. All the judges, with their fists clenched, practically jumped up to do it themselves, willing her to notice.
They Didn’t Criticize the Dishes as Negatively
As the judges tasted and carefully considered the chefs’ creations, they hardly had anything but nice things to say. Their only slight criticisms were minor, like not slicing a potato thin enough for their liking, and were always followed up by compliments. Aw, shucks.
The Nice Chef Won
The final two chefs had personalities like Jekyll and Hyde. One, a private chef, was not only an ingredient thief, but was so boastful and pretentious he explained he didn’t use the necessary ingredients in his dish as much as the judges said he should of because the ingredients weren’t worth his time. Seriously? The other, a humble and sweet instructor at Fanshawe College, cooked her heart out with her sick son in mind and beat the mean chef. Oh, Canada!