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'Chopped' everywhere: 'Junior' is another facet of venerable series

Ted Allen hosts “Chopped Junior”

Daniel Churchill, Marcus Samuelsson and Allison Williams join host Ted Allen and contestants of “Chopped Junior”
When it comes to the TV dial, Food Network rules over a vast cooking empire. Its daytime programming is filled with how-to shows, while the prime-time slots are all about culinary competition.  If there's one show that's the jewel in Food Network's empire, though, it must be "Chopped." The venerable cooking competition premiered back in ancient times -- 2009 -- and has remained pretty much the same ever since, with only a few nips and tucks here and there over the years. With great success has come a great number of spinoffs, specials and shows that follow a similar format to "Chopped." Take "Chopped Junior," for one....