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Kids, Please Open Your Baskets: 'Chopped Junior' Is Coming Soon

The show will premiere next month on Food Network.

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Having grimly told countless professional cooks, "I'm sorry, you've been chopped," over the years, Ted Allen will soon have to face a younger demographic. On Tuesday, October 27, Food Network will premiere a Chopped spinoff dubbed Chopped Junior, featuring cooks between the ages of 9 and 15 competing for glory. Just like their adult counterparts, winners of Chopped Junior will receive $10,000 in prize money.

The series' iconic mystery baskets will feature ingredients "ranging from pickled pigs feet to tofu to birthday cake," according to a press release. Chopped Junior continues the rising trend of culinary competitions for kids: In July, FYI debuted a series called Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown, which pits children against professionals. Gordon Ramsay's MasterChef Junior has proven to be a hit on Fox.

In addition to its kid-sized version of the series, Food Network will premiere Chopped: Impossible on Thursday, October 22. That series will bring former Chopped champions back for a four-part tournament, with Restaurant: Impossible's Robert Irwin serving as one of the judges. The last chef standing will take home $15,000 and have the chance to compete against Irwin with an extra $25,000 on the line.

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