Shout Out to The Messlords

Noticing their pictures still trickling through social media, I remembered and wanted to offer a thank you to the Messlords. There are a lot more of them than I knew there were. They are a group of chefs and food service professionals that love serving the men and women of the military almost as much…

#YokoChopped: Cutting It Close

I guess the loss may have troubled me more than it initially did. A couple of hours later and I was feeling a bit uneasy. I was hungry, tired, and I think a bit frustrated. I don’t think I was as upset with myself as I was confused, trying to figure out why this trait…

#YokoChopped: Making the Cut

    I’ve sat in front the TV many evenings. The cleaver comes flying down in the midst of the letters C-H-O-P-P-E-D to the suspenseful, gameshow-like music. The competitors are introduced and welcomed, and the somewhere-between-cavalier-and-prestigious voice of Ted Allen makes clear the rules: “Welcome, chefs! Here are the rules: There are three rounds- mandatory ingredients for each course….

Would You Make It On Chopped? Round 2

You know the rules! 4 cooks, 3 rounds, and 4 ingredients per round, but only one winner. Below are the required mystery ingredients from the second day of competition and the allowed times. What masterpiece would you prepare? Would you triumph or would you be CHOPPED? To submit your dish, click the REPLY button up top. APPETIZER…

Would You Make it on Chopped?: Day 1

4 cooks, 3 rounds, and 4 ingredients per round, but only one winner. Below are the required mystery ingredients from the first day of completion and the allowed times. What masterpiece would you prepare? Would you triumph or would you be CHOPPED?

Military Culinary Arts…

This is probably the closest I’ve been to competing on Chopped! I’ve always enjoyed watching the madness that ensues from the Chopped kitchen imagining what I’d do with the mismatched ingredients. But this is much more than a three course discourse. Since the last time we spoke, I’ve been serving my country one plate at…