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Chopped Tapes Its 200th Episode

Ted Allen shared this Facebook photo with his fans today, announcing that the Chopped gang was shooting its landmark 200th episode. Looking at the timestamp of the photo (somewhere around 8 a.m.) and seeing that Ted, Marcus Samuelsson, newly minted Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, and Scott Conant have all clearly been through hair makeup already, our heads swim imagining how early their call times are. Is anyone really prepared to eat an entree involving grape soda for breakfast? Is the extra challenge of every dessert course to secretly figure out how to hide crushed up Tums inside of one, so that the judges don’t waddle around in misery the rest of the day? No wonder Scott and Alex have such reputations for crankiness.

It’s hard out here for a Chopped judge.

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