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Chopped Grill Masters, Season 2: Behind the Scenes of the Set

Take an exclusive tour of the tournament's set, which is actually in the middle of a fully operational farm.
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Photo: David Lang ©

Chopped Heads to the Farm

For the second season of Chopped Grill Masters, Chopped set up the studio outdoors at Queens County Farm, about 20 miles outside of Manhattan. At 47 acres, it's New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and the longest continuously farmed site in the state.

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Farming Design

The farm includes buildings, a greenhouse, livestock, planting fields, an orchard and an herb garden. But to supplement the look, production took the design further. For example, the gray barn in this photo is a facade, serving as an additional backdrop.

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The Chopped Treatment

What would the set be without the characteristic Chopped cleaver? Here an oversized prop is displayed prominently on the site's main farmhouse.

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Clever Staging

Here a cart is packed with bales of hay on one side to serve as a backdrop and to shield the taping from the city street.

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