“CHOPPED” is One Fun Competition!

August 15, 2012

Host & Judges (L to R): Ted Allen, Aaron Sanchez, Amanda Freitag, and Marc Murphy

Well when you’ve got the real deal, cowboy Kent Rollins, competing against you, those boots better be moving swiftly in the desert sand to beat the clock!

Recently I competed in a fun episode of Chopped Grill Masters, the 5-part series which also included my dear friend, fellow cookbook author and celebrated pitmaster Ray “DR. BBQ” Lampe, and the one and only Hawaiian celebrity chef Sam Choy.

Hosted by Ted Allen, when I finally saw the episode that aired Sunday August 12, 2012, I was amazed at the quality of the filming and editing. We were in the beautiful desert of Tucson, Arizona freezing our butts off (no pun intended) in 40°F weather with winds blowing right through our chef’s coats during a multiple-day-shoot for the chance to win $50,000. I was nearly frozen, though you don’t see that on television. You also don’t see hours of wonderful camaraderie I shared with my fellow competitors and the fun banter between us and the judges. Indeed, when I saw Aaron Sanchez judging, I was surprised and couldn’t help smiling. He and I had cooked alongside one another a few years back in the desert near Phoenix Arizona. Ironic that we should find ourselves in the Arizona desert again, this time Aaron sitting behind the podium judging my food and ready to exercise his chopping skills in a different way. In all honesty, I expected Ray Lampe to judge this grilling competition. Imagine my surprise again, when I learned Dr. BBQ himself was a fellow competitor.

In my episode I competed against cookbook author and TV personality Rick Browne, Kent Rollins (Caterer of Texan-style BBQ), and Chad Ward (Whiskey Bent BBQ competition team). Three big guys and the “little lady…” me!

Check out what happens here… CHOPPED GRILL MASTERS Episode 4 

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