Are you hosting a party and need a fun idea? Try CHOPPED! It was the theme of my youngest son’s end of summer party with his friends. We split the 8 boys into two teams and charged them with developing 2 dishes: an appetizer and a dessert. We fed them dinner in between the competitive sessions. Here’s how it worked:
4 secret ingredients were given to each team. They had 10 minutes to plan and brainstorm with their team and 30 minutes to prepare the dish. I had designated specific areas in the kitchen for each team to plan and prep.
There was also a ‘pantry’ area of ingredients the teams could freely use in their recipes. When the 30 minutes ended, we had the boys present their finished dish to the judges. There were 4 judges who rated each dish on a 3-point scale for creativity, taste, and presentation. Everyone had a lot of fun and the final dishes were really creative for this group of rising 7th grade boys!
I do think adults would enjoy this party, too. Maybe a few guests could volunteer to be the judges. Please let me know if you do host a Chopped! party, too…. I’d love to hear your ideas!