Thats why i like Cutthroat Kitchen. They at least have fun with itGotta agree with the vitriol directed toward Chopped.
"Prepare an entree using Ho-Hos, tortilla chips, clams, Bacardi 151 and motor oil. You have 10 minutes."
Combine the above with ***hole judges, artificially pumped-up suspense and just the whole "competition" format in general, and the result is something even less than "Chewing gum for the eyes." This type of show is the penultimate example of the worst content on television, only exceeded by "Reality TV." Both genres only exist to show the people on screen in a state of discomfort, augmented by their displays of overweening ego in the interview segments. It's LCD TV.
This programming style has overtaken virtually every channel, in the manner of sewage steadily flooding a basement when the soil pipe gets blocked.