While Chopped has been a Food Network staple, two new versions of the culinary competition will be airing on discovery+ this spring. The new shows, Chopped 420 and Chopped Next Gen, take the traditional format, three courses and a mystery basket, yet offer a slightly different twist. According to the discovery+ press release, Chopped 420 requires the chefs to use cannabis or CBD-infused products within their dishes — a first for Food Network. Chopped 420 brings its buzz on April 20.
In the Chopped Next Gen series, the program will feature 20 young competitors who will create a “youthful spin on dishes never seen or tasted before,” according to discovery+. While the ingredients might have viewers scouring stores to purchase these unlikely ingredients, the new guard of chef judges might be the other reason to watch. With a panel including Nyesha Arrington, Darnell Ferguson, and Kwame Onwuachi, it seems that Food Network is giving some other celebrity chefs their moment in the spotlight. Sometimes a little fresh perspective can breathe new life into a favorite series. Until we get the new season of Chopped, Chopped Next Gen will be serving some fresh talent to discovery+ on May 25.