A Definitive Ranking of All Chopped Judges

There are nine rotating judges on Chopped, and some have more to offer than others. Since they make a living by judging scared wannabe chefs, I think it’s high time we flip the script and judge them. I only wish I could consult Ted Allen for his insider knowledge. Anyway, here is my definitive ranking:


1. Alex Guarnaschelli


*Bad Bitch Alert!* Alex Guarnaschelli is clearly the best Chopped judge for many reasons. First off, she’s likely the most consistently featured judge. I don’t know the exact numbers behind this, but I’ve seen roughly eleven thousand episodes of Chopped, and she sits on that panel a LOT. Judging style is also an important factor in my ranking – Guarnaschelli takes no prisoners and she most certainly does not fuck around. Her stank face is unparalleled. She’s definitely one of the harshest judges, but it only serves to make her approval more sought-after. When she compliments a chef on the “whimsy” of their chicken and waffles dish, you know their concept was truly inspired. Keep being you, Alex.

2. Geoffrey Zakarian


I must admit I’m biased toward Geoffrey for a few reasons, most notably that we share a pair of clear Warby Parker frames and that his wife is a Buffalo native so he talks about Charlie the Butcher all the time. But he’s also a dope Chopped judge. His swag is consistently on 100 and he always has some funny, snooty ass shit to say. Geoffrey is a fancy lil man who is hardly ever impressed and it makes great television.

3. Chris Santos


Chris Santos is such a grumpy jerk, and I love him. He has basically hated every piece of meat ever put in front of him on Chopped. It’s either “still mooing” or “a hockey puck.” Like, always.

4. Aarón Sánchez


Sánchez brings some much-needed levity to the show when it gets stressful AF. He’s obviously a great chef and really knows his stuff, but truly comes alive when there’s a latin-inspired ingredient or dish. He loves pronouncing the shit no one else can. CACIQUE QUESO FRESCO, ANYONE?

5. Maneet Chauhan


Aw, I love Maneet. She’s so precise and eloquent in her criticism and will tear your fucking dish apart in the sweetest tone of voice.

6. Amanda Freitag


Overall solid judge, definitely knows her stuff, but I don’t get particularly excited to see her featured on the esteemed panel of judges. She just always kinda looks like she’s nervously smiling through pain.

7. Scott Conant


Very large bro. Pretty rude.

8. Marcus Samuelsson


Marcus is a tiny, sophisticated Ethiopian man. He’s one of the least critical judges and tends to be slightly less entertaining to watch.

9. Marc Murphy


Congrats Marc. You are the most boring judge on Chopped.

7 thoughts on “A Definitive Ranking of All Chopped Judges

  1. Scott and Marc are Total Jerks on this show!
    Wiould Love to see Them Both Cook On Chopped!
    Marc Gone First and Scott Second!
    Would like to See Marc get a comment “Good but not Enough Salt!”
    Scott! Any Criticism of This Jerk Would Be Great!
    Total Legend in His Own Mind!


  2. Don’t do this while watching Chopped: count the number of times the word “really” is used by the judges. It’s maddening. Conant and Guarnaschelli can’t seem to form a sentence without it, but they’re all guilty, even Ted. Jaysus! Also last night, Conant, the arrogant know-it-all, butchered “clafouti” — immediately after it was pronounced correctly by a French contestant. Really!!


  3. definitely a female who wrote this…. made all female judges ranked above the rest. Marc is NOT the most boring judge on the show. If anything Alex and Maneet are the worst.

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    • I’m not sure what you’re so angry about, but you’re free to disagree with my opinion-based ranking. However, I’d prefer that your critique be rooted in fact – 3 out of my top 4 judges are actually men….

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  4. I agree. Alex is so overrated–boring and appears to have the emotional range of a pineapple plant—certainly not the top judge. She had a chance to show the “fire” that everyone seems to think she has when Malik Fall was openly disrespecting the judges, and she couldn’t have been more cowed–it was left up to Geoffrey to take Malik to task for his incredibly rude behavior.

    Chris is even worse—grumpy, bland, and not only is he the worst judge on the entire show, he may very well be the least talented of the chefs on the show as well. Any ranking that has Alex and Chris in the Top 3 is highly, highly suspect (although I do appreciate the blogger’s surprisingly polite response to your incendiary post–very classy).

    This ranking should be revised as follows: 1–Scott. 2–Geoffrey. 3–Amanda. 4–everyone else. Also, if we could never have John Capon on again, that would be great. Thank you.


  5. Alex is my absoulte favorite! I love her! And i really like this.new series w judges competing. However Alex sb on there more lol. Thank you.


  6. The only judge worth tuning in for is Amanda Freitag.
    Alex is a close second. I also like Geoffrey and Maneet. If Sanchez or Conan are on, I tune out.


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