WILMINGTON, MA — On Sunday, April 12 at 1pm, the Wilmington United Methodist Church hosted its own version of “CHOPPED,” the popular reality-based TV cooking series that airs on the Food Network.
The church-wide event followed the same format and rules as the actual “Chopped,” as outlined on the show’s website:
Chopped is a cooking competition show that’s all about skill, speed and ingenuity where four up-and-coming chefs compete before a panel of three expert judges and take everyday items and turn them into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course, the chefs will be “chopped” from the competition until only one winner remains. The challenge? They have seconds to plan and 30 minutes to cook an amazing course with the basket of mystery ingredients given to them moments before the clock starts ticking! And the pressure doesn’t stop there. Once they’ve completed their dish, they’ve got to survive the Chopping Block where our three judges are waiting to be wowed and not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms.
As reported in the church’s May Newsletter (“Our Conversations”), Wilmington’s version of “Chopped” was a “smashing success.” Competitors Johnny Arvanitis, Judy Crawford, Patty Sullivan and Anita Thomas; judges Bob Bishop, David Stone and Amy Wood; and host John Arvanitis put on a great show. Congratulations to the event’s organizers — the church’s Rachel Circle members – and the show’s winner — Johnny Arvanitis.
Pastor Travis Bonnette-Kim uploaded more than 40 photos from the event to the church’s Facebook page.
Volunteers Paul Hipple and Bill Klindt recorded the event, which is now airing on WCTV-P (Comcast-9, Verizon-37). The channel’s schedule can be found HERE. Look for “Chop Block” in the TV listings.