Do You Have the Cooking Skills to Be a Chopped Champion?

By: Isadora Teich
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
What does it mean if pasta is al dente?
It's not too soft.
It's very hard.
It's spicy.
It's broken.

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Is ground meat ever safe to eat rare or medium-rare?
Never
It depends on the meat.
Except for chicken, yes
Yes

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If you want to freeze food fast, which of these kitchen appliances would you use?
Anti-griddle
Freezer
Air fryer
Oven

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Au jus is sauce served with meats and sandwiches. What is its main ingredient?
Meat drippings
Beef stock
Onions
Salt

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What types of foods would you usually blanch, or quickly boil in hot water before plunging them into ice water?
Vegetables
Fruits
Chicken
Fish

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When you brine food, what do you traditionally soak it in?
Salt water
Spring water
Wine
Orange juice

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When you cook onions on a low flame until they become sweet, soft, and dark, what are you doing to them?
Caramelizing them
Sautéing them
Browning them
Baking them

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If a piece of duck is a confit, it has been cooked in its own:
Fat
Vinegar
Beer
Salt

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Croquettes are made of breaded meat and/or vegetables. How are they traditionally cooked?
Fried
Sautéed
Barbecued
Baked

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Cured fish has been pickled, smoked or fermented for what reason?
To preserve it
To clean it
To flavor it
To make it healthy

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Which of these proteins should you never eat rare or raw?
Chicken
Lamb
Pork
Fish

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When should you use a Dutch oven?
For long slow cooking
For baking only
Just for meat
For desserts

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Who is more likely to use egg wash?
A pastry chef
A butcher
A sushi chef
A vegan chef

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What is it called when you combine two edible liquids, such as oil and vinegar, that would naturally tend to separate on their own?
Emulsify
Mix
Engastration
Heating

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When serving most meat or fish, what is it important that you do?
Remove the bones
Tenderize it
Crisp up the skin
Fry it

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When you flambé food, you pour alcohol on it while it cooks and then do what to it?
Set it on fire.
Char it.
Turn off the heat.
Salt it.

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Fondue is made of what melted food product?
Cheese
Butter
Maple syrup
Ghee

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What main purpose do most garnishes serve on a plate?
Decoration
Extra flavor
The main meal
A palate cleanser

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Which of these is an everyday example of an infusion, in which the flavors of a plant are extracted into a solvent?
Tea
Grape jelly
Everything bagels
Cheeseburgers

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What is it called when you cut vegetables into long, thin strips?
Julienne
Dicing
Mincing
Quartering

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Liquid nitrogen is used to do which of these to foods?
Flash-freeze them.
Cook them.
Soften them.
Make them poisonous.

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What is it called when you soak food in a flavored liquid for a while before you cook it?
Marinating
Juicing
Pan frying
Caramelizing

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According to which classic and influential cooking style are there five fundamental or "mother" sauces?
French
Italian
Russian
American

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What is the main difference between pan frying and deep frying?
The amount of oil
The time it takes
The oil used
Nothing

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What consistency should a well-executed puree have?
Creamy or liquid
Slippery
Grainy
Very thick

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When you reduce a liquid, you increase its flavor and thickness. How would you do this?
Simmer it.
Boil it.
Fry it.
Blend it.

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Roux are used to thicken sauces, soups and stews. They are made of a fat source and which other ingredient?
Flour
Eggs
Broccoli
Candy

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When you shuck an oyster, what are you doing to it?
Removing the meat from the shell
Chopping it up
Spicing it
Boiling it

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What goes on a charcuterie board traditionally?
Cured meat and cheese
Fruit and chocolate
Bread and dips
Cookies and milk

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If food is described as having an umami flavor, what does it taste more like?
Savory
Spicy
Sweet
Salty

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