The Food Network show, which is on its 11th season, pits competing chefs against one another in order to win 10 grand. The last chef standing after dessert, “takes the $10,000 cake.” This last chef, interestingly enough, has been a man 70 percent of the time.
But this glaring one-sidedness owes not to the inabilities of women’s culinary prowess, but the fact that The Food Network continually casted much more men than women since the show’s inception.
The composition of the episodes, meaning the amount of male and female contestants, is even more intriguing. Chopped always starts with four contestants. The trend during the first nine seasons has been predominantly three men and one woman. In the first nine seasons there has never been a one man, three women show.
My stats are derived from the first 89 episodes since 2009 and arranged in sweet, yet primitive info-graphic. Since then, I omitted “Celebrity Chef” episodes and episodes where a chef appeared on the show for the second time.