* This one confuses me a bit. Sometimes the chefs run out of time to complete those dishes. Once in a blue moon, a contestant finishes garnishing or plating that last plate a second or so after time is called. With up to four similar looking dishes, how does the judge know that THEIR dish is the one that was plated after time was called? Barring an egregious incident (One chef plated ''three plates'' after time was called), how would they know? Do they track it from photography stage to service?
** Why not? They already have multiple cameras running non-stop so they won't miss any highlights; might as well track which plate is which while they're at it.
** More importantly, why does it matter? A plate got finished after time was up. It doesn't ultimately matter ''which'' plate it was.
* Why don't they ask contestants beforehand if they have major allergies? If you're vegetarian or whatever, yeah, suck it up and chop up that bird, but seriously.
** RuleOfDrama, most likely. Most of the chefs, being professionals, likely encounter the stuff they are allergic to on a semi-regular basis in their restaurants. However, there they have other chefs who can taste the food and comment on it, while here they are on their own.
** Not ''quite'' on their own. There ''was'' an episode that (seriously) involved a priest, a rabbi, and a nun, and one of the basket ingredients was a pork product, so the rabbi couldn't taste the food as he was going along. So he asked the nun to do the tasting for him. (Of course, he didn't really heed her advice, and he got chopped. He was told he should have listened to her!)
** Deliberately invoked as RealityShowGenreBlindness. It ''is'' on the signup form for ''Chopped''. Although they gotten to this less after one chef was ''fatally'' allergic to at least one ingredient in every basket. That would've been a nightmare PR for FN.
* Isn't it a little suspiscious that almost all finals have a chef of each gender?
** ...no? And I've found that only about half the episodes have one man and one woman left in the dessert round, the other half of the time being two men (and how rarely does two women happen?).
* Why do people seem to typecast the judges? For example, Maneet Chauhan, in her Iron Chef America debut, was announced as having an Latin-Indian fusion style. On Chopped, they only do mention the "Indian" part. And Aaron Sanchez having to be "Mr. Taco" even though he has roots in New Orleans and France.
* In almost every episode, every contestant finishes their dish ''literally'' at the last second. No one ever finishes their dish a few seconds early or a few seconds late. Doesn't anyone else find this a bit suspicious? It doesn't seem realistic.