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Cooking curiosity: 'Chopped Junior' contestants check out what's in the baskets

Ted Allen hosts "Chopped Junior"

Ted Allen hosts "Chopped Junior"
Kids love surprises! I think it's all part of the curiosity of youth, the need that kids have to always be exploring. To paraphrase a favorite kids cartoon character, it's all about taking chances, making mistakes and getting messy. That's probably why the competitors in "Chopped Junior" tend to do so well with those mysterious basket ingredients that "Chopped" is so famous for. A new season of the pint-sized competition gets underway Tuesday, June 25, on Food Network, with a bunch of new baskets and a group of new competitors ready to tackle them head-on. Ted Allen hosts each episode as four contestants between the ages of 9 and 15 enter the "Chopped" kitchen eager to see what ingredients are hidden insi...