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The Chopped Judges Reveal What They Love Most About Their Jobs

Have you ever wondered what responsibility comes with being on the Chopped judging panel? We asked the judges to share what they feel is the best thing about being a part of the show.
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Inspiring the Next Generation of Chefs — Alex Guarnaschelli

For judge Alex, even though it's fun to watch the relationships the judges and the host have with one another and with the contestants, the heart of the show is what she likes best: "It's really about up-and-coming chefs and the ideas that they have, and inspiring America to cook though a diverse body of ingredients," she says.

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There's Always Something New to Learn — Chris Santos

"I've done over a hundred episodes now, and I don't think there's been one day where I've ever gone in and I haven't learned something," says Chris when asked what the best part is for him. "I either learn something listening to my fellow judges talk about a dish or an ingredient, or I learn something from chefs in the way they make food."

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It Doesn't Feel Like a Job — Geoffrey Zakarian

Geoffrey puts it plain and simple: "The best part about my job is it’s not a job. I get up, go to work, I don’t feel like I’m working. I come home, I’m tired, but I don’t feel like I’ve been working."

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Helping Raise Awareness — Marc Murphy

For Marc the best thing is the impact the show has outside of the studio. "All of us on Chopped, all the judges, you know, we do a lot of philanthropic work. We’re always raising money," he says. "Right now Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry, we’re trying to help kids out in this country, and I think … probably the most-important part of our job right now is we have that platform to be able to do that."

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