Marc Murphy is a highly respected executive chef and restaurateur of the popular New York eateries Landmarc and Ditch Plains but chances are, out here in Orange County, you know him best for being one of your favorite judges on Food Network's Chopped. If you think it would be cool to say, hang out with Marc or one of the other judges in the kitchen or maybe turn the tables on them with mystery baskets, the Food Network is doing just that by giving us a brand new webseries called, Chopped After Hours.
This ten episode webseries is being featured on FoodNetwork.com and is on after each on-air episode of Chopped. It has the judges tackling basket ingredients from the episodes they just judged and offers up plenty of behind-the-scenes interaction between some of our favorites including Murphy, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chris Santos, and Aaron Sanchez. Since we wanted to get some insider info about Chopped After Hours, we went straight to the source to ask Marc "Five Totally Chopped Down Questions" about it.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Now I'm not trying to bring up any bad memories BUT, do you think you might have had an unfair advantage on "Chopped All-Stars" because you had a bum hand?
Marc Murphy: All-Stars is always a great time and I agreed to participate with a cast on so, I wouldn't say I was at a disadvantage. Most importantly, I was able to raise awareness for my charity Share Our Strength, and that's really what it's all about.