On Tuesday’s when I’m not with I hang out with the same group of guys that I’ve been hanging with for 20 to thirty years playing Board Games from Avalon Hill, Eagle Games and more.

Because the host sings we used to have American Idol or some singing show on. I never cared for it and it was always a pain, but lately the dial has gone to the Food Network (our host was also a chef once) and I was introduced to Chopped.

This has to be the most creative show I’ve seen on TV and is an incredible distraction when we play.

The concept for those who do not know is this. You have four Chefs and three judges all high level chefs.

There are three rounds Appetizer, entree and Dessert the contestants are given opaque baskets of ingredients. When the round starts they open them for the first time and have a fixed time (Usually 20 appetizer, 30 entree and 20 dessert but it can vary per show) You must use every ingredient you are given and have four plates set at the end.

Each Round one person is “Chopped” and eliminated. In the final round the two remaining contestants are judged on the full meal. Meals are judges on taste, presentation and creativity.

It is one of the most creative shows on television and some of the ingredients used are so weird that you are amazed at what gets cooked. In fact there was a single episode where all the ingredients were Leftovers.

This is a political blog but when it comes down to it, all politics and nothing else can get old, plus everybody’s gotta eat.

And it’s a fun show, gotta love fun.

And it beats American Idol every time.