Meet the “Desperately Seeking” Sous Chef Judges

Chopper is back with a “Desperately Seeking Sous-Chef” edition. Meet fan-favorite judges Chefs Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Chris Santos.

Food Network’s fan-favorite cooking contest Chopped is back with a new edition titled Chopped: desperately looking for sous chef, which includes legendary chefs Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Chris Santos as judges. During the five-part tournament, 16 Sous Chefs will compete in the Chopped Cook for a chance to win a Sous Chef position for one of the judges at their respective restaurant.

The Food Network competition will follow the traditional Chopped format of four chefs demonstrating their culinary skills over three rounds, entrée, entrée and dessert, using ingredients from mystery baskets. Chopped host Ted Allen narrates all the action as contestants attempt to beat time by improvising delicious creations.


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According The envelopeCourtney White, President of Food Network and Streaming Food Content at Discovery Inc., said:“Chopped continues to push the boundaries with its competitive format, with viewers tuning in weekly for its riveting challenges, expert reviews and heart-pounding entertainment.” She continued, “The winner who walks away with a life-changing opportunity from Chris, Maneet or Scott, all titans of their industry, is the ultimate Chopped Prize.” Celebrity chefs are some of the most accomplished in the culinary world, and it’s time to celebrate them and discover their restaurants before Chopped: desperately looking for a sous chef raw.

Maneet Chauhan

Chopped Maneet Chauhan

Maneet incorporates his Indian heritage and love of spices into his cooking. She joined Chopped in 2010 and now sits on the permanent jury. She also appeared in its spin-offs, Minced Junior and Chopped after hours. Maneet has also participated in the prestigious Food Network Tournament of Champions with Guy Fieri for all three seasons and was crowned the winner of Season 2.

Maneet currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee, where she formed the Nashville-based Morph Hospitality Group in 2016. The group includes Nashville’s award-winning restaurants Chauhan Ale & Masala House, which combine Indian dishes with traditional Southern fare; Tansuo, which serves contemporary Chinese cuisine; The Mockingbird, which features comfort food favorites influenced by the elements that make up American culture and cuisine; and Chaatable, which serves Indian street food.

Scott Conant

Chopped Scott Conant

Scott is a renowned chef in Italian cuisine, whose expertise lies in cooking the perfect pasta. His career spans over 35 years. Scott’s work on Food Network has made him a fan favorite. He was a Chopped judge for over a decade and began hosting Chopped candiesthe dessert-themed spin-off, in 2019. He also appeared on the Chopped spin off Minced Junior and Chopped after hours.

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Scott opened many restaurants, including the legendary Scarpetta in New York, which now has multiple locations. His other restaurants include Mora Italian, a modern osteria in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cellaio at Resorts World Catskills, an Italian-inspired steakhouse in Monticello, New York. He also opened The Americano, an Italian-American dining destination, with two locations in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the newly renovated InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta.

Chris Santos

Chris has over 20 years of experience as an executive chef at some of New York’s trendiest restaurants. In 2010, the celebrity chef opened Beauty & Essex, a restaurant with a sophisticated menu, on New York’s Lower East Side. The restaurant now also has locations in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He was also the co-founder of The Stanton Social and VANDAL, restaurants that closed but helped put Chris on the map.

Chris is a Food Network staple. He was a Chopped judge since season 1. He also appeared on Minced Junior and Chopped after hours.

Chopped: desperately looking for a sous chef offers chefs a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the best chefs in the culinary world. It will be an incredible honor for one of them to win a job as a sous chef in a restaurant owned by Maneet, Scott or Chris. This season of Chopped is sure to be very special.

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Chopped: desperately looking for a sous chef premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 9 p.m. EDT.

Source: The Envelope

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