The popular Food Network series “Chopped” is getting some fresh-air this summer. The network will be taking the show outdoors to the Beringer Vineyards, located in Napa Valley, California.
In the new event, sixteen grilling experts will compete in Chopped Grill Masters Napa, the cook-off will premiere on Tuesday, July 5th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network.
The event will be hosted by Ted Allen, this special five-part themed tournament includes sixteen grilling professionals from around the country facing off for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. Each episode includes four chefs competing over three rounds, with recurring Chopped and special guest judges deciding the fates for each pro. The winner from each heat wins $10,000 and a spot in the grand finale, to see who will walk away with $50,000 more.
“These talented Grill Masters are dropped into the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, with their grills fired up to face some of the toughest mystery baskets yet,” said Didi O’Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. “With world-class judges watching their every move in this intense outdoor competition, these pros have to prove they have what it takes for a chance at $50,000.”
With access to an outdoor kitchen of ingredients and armed with charcoal and propane grills, as well as a smoker at each cooking station, the sixteen competitors must incorporate mandatory ingredients from the mystery baskets through three rounds – appetizer, entrée and dessert – showcasing their grilling skills to create unique and savory dishes. Over five episodes these grill pros must not only battle each other, but also take on the elements as they face the intensity of the heat from the grills and weather, along with some surprise appearances from bees that make cooking outside that much more challenging.
In the first episode sixteen high-caliber chefs are fired up to grill in beautiful Napa Valley, California, competing in another epic Chopped tournament event! $10,000 is at stake in each preliminary competition, and the champs will fight it out for $50,000 more. The first basket features a sea creature and a pretty, colorful veggie. A ballpark snack might throw the chefs a curveball in the entrée round. Then the judges are happy to see chilies in the dessert basket. The first judges will be Michael Chiarello, Amanda Freitag and Marc Murphy . The competitors are Bryan Moscatello (Napa, CA), Ashley Pado (Wooster, OH), Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, PA), Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland, OH).
Chopped Grill Masters Napa is produced by Notional.