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The Most-Dangerous Ingredients on Chopped

Check out the most dangerous ingredients contestants had to use in the competition.

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"If you kill a judge, you might get chopped," warns Ted in the Deadliest Baskets episode. Read on for the dangers of the ingredients in this episode and some other toxic elements the judges have had to face over the years.

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Eel

Eel blood is toxic and it must be completely cooked out of the meat, Ted warns in the beginning of a special Halloween-themed episode. A contestant just torches the eel and the judges are unable to taste his dish due to safety concerns.

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Blowfish

In one episode, the chefs are given the tails of blowfish much to their shock. Blowfish is used to make the notorious Japanese dish Fugu, which, if not prepared properly, can kill you. "The stakes are really getting higher here," jokes Scott. Luckily Ted points out that these are farm-raised blowfish and they haven't had the chance to develop the toxin. We’d still just take a small bite!

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Cherimoya

The skin and the seeds of this exotic fruit are toxic. Though the seeds must technically be crushed to release the toxic elements, a contestant leaves one of the whole seeds on a judge's plate and ends up getting chopped.

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