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The Food Network has high hopes for cannabis content.
The network is launching “Chopped 420,” a new version of its “Chopped” cooking contest, which will ask contestants to cook with cannabis, Deadline announced.
The spin-off would feature four chefs competing for culinary supremacy — and a grand prize of $10,000 — using a basket of ingredients to create a full meal consisting of an appetizer, main course and side dishes. a dessert all incorporating cannabis.
Comedian Ron Funches will host alongside head judges including Esther Choi, Luke Reyes and Sam Talbot, as well as cannabis activist Laganja Estranja and comedian Tacarra Williams, according to Deadline.
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While cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, a number of states have increasingly passed laws to decimalize it. New York State was the latest to finalize a deal to legalize recreational marijuana, and 36 states have also made medical marijuana legal while 16 states have decriminalized it.
The cannabis cooking trend has hit new nights in recent years, with shows like Vice’s “Bong Appetite” and Netflix’s “Cooking on High,” among others, showcasing the ingredient. And many viewers — more than a million households in the United States in 2019 — are streaming them, according to data from PeerLogixan advertising and technology company.
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“Chopped 420,” named after the “high” vacation, will begin airing April 20 on Discovery+.