Chopped Grill Masters, Season 2: A Look Inside the Pantry
Chopped on the Farm
For the new season of Grill Masters, production took the show to greener pastures, Queens County Farm on Long Island, N.Y. Here the Chopped set was re-created, including the pantry, a feature no chef could compete without. But instead of the usual racks, shelves and refrigerators, here things are a bit more mobile.
Cooking in the Great Outdoors
Being that it's a grilling tournament, each competitor is provided with a charcoal grill, gas grill and smoker. All the foodstuffs and equipment they would ever need are stacked up in three vintage pickup trucks.
The yellow pickup contains most of the fresh foods and pantry staples, such as various oils, stocks and broths, vegetables, cheeses and more.
On the back of the truck, one of the galvanized bins contains meats and dairy: cream cheese, mozzarella, ricotta, bacon, sausages, eggs, milk and cream, to name a few.
Your Daily Veggies
Here too are bins of fresh fruits and vegetables, including asparagus, broccoli, carrots, celery and onions.
On the Greener Side
Another galvanized bin includes tomatillos, lettuces and more delicate greens in resealable plastic bags on ice to prevent them from wilting.
Chip Off the Block
Where there's smoke, there's fire, and where there's fire, there's wood. The grillers are provided with various presoaked wood chips: hickory, mesquite and applewood.
Smoking in the Outdoors
The smokers are parked away from the competition area, beside the pickup trucks, to keep the smoke farther away from where most of the action takes place.
Equipped in Every Way
Competing outdoors doesn't mean it's all frontier style. And as each station has an electric hot plate just in case a competitor needs one, there's also a wide selection of equipment, including food processors, stand blenders, hand mixers and immersion blenders.
Nuts, seeds, dried chiles, dried fruits, shaved coconut, instant coffee granules — you name it, you'll probably find it here.
From Sweet to Heat
The blue pickup holds items like confectioners' sugar, potatoes, wine, molasses, hot sauces, condiments, canned chipotle, hard liquors, beer, maple syrup and more.
Grillers, Take Note
And just in case a competitor forgets what show he or she is on, there's always a reminder.
It's No Fine China
Instead of the more typical stainless steel pots and pans, and porcelain plates, here the pantry includes cast-iron kettles and enamel plates. It feels a lot like a camping trip.
Salty and Sour
The red pickup includes more pantry staples, such as salts in different varieties, chocolate, vinegars and canned beans, as well as breads, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables.
A close-up reveals the pickup pantry even has Asian staples: fish sauce, mirin, rice vinegar and wasabi. So there's almost nothing a chef can't find here.
Spicing It Up
And the spice table has pretty much everything a chef would need. There's also flour, sugar and additional equipment, including measuring cups, metal skewers, a meat mallet and a mandoline.
Restocking at the Ready
The culinary team behind the scenes makes sure to keep everything stocked, checking the pantry and cooking stations after each round. Here a cart is packed with utensils, pots, pans, dishes and more.
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