I guess you can probably tell that I'm nuts about Chopped! I've watched the show so much that I think I'd even be a pretty good contestant. In fact, I'll prove how good I'd be by explaining what I would have done for each round if I was on the very first episode of the show.
Basket Ingredients: baby octopus, bok choy, oyster sauce, smoked paprika
What I would make: The appetizer round is tough, because the judges often get super pissed if you make something too large, although no one's tried a "that's what she said" when they criticize the size of a dish, so maybe that would change their minds? Looking at these ingredients, I guess I'd cook everything in a big pan and then wrap it all in a tortilla. It's a smallish burrito.
Basket Ingredients: duck breast, green onions, ginger, honey
What I would make: I can see these ingredients in a lot of different preparations, but in the end, it's actually a pretty easy basket. I would sear off the duck and caramelize the onions and ginger with the honey, then roast it all. Then I'd dice up the duck and wrap it in a tortilla with the onion-ginger-honey preparation, creating a delicious and unique burrito.
Basket Ingredients: prunes, animal crackers, cream cheese
What I would make: Put all this right into a tortilla, making a sweet dessert burrito.
And I would have won. But just to prove I'm not a one-episode wonder, here are some more ingredients from random episodes and what I would make with them.
Basket Ingredients: chorizo, button mushrooms, canned peaches
What I would make: This looks like a pretty straightforward preparation of things that need to be stewed, strained, and served as some sort of wrap, perhaps using a tortilla or tortilla-like product.
Basket Ingredients: calamari, Brussels sprouts, Asian pears
What I would make: I would deep-fry all that and serve it on a warm flour tortilla, like a glorious open-faced burrito from heaven.
Basket Ingredients: butter crackers, grapefruit, feta cheese, gin
What I would make: Gin presents an interesting dilemma to some, but not me. This basket just screams butter cracker, feta, and grapefruit burrito served with a glass of gin.
Basket Ingredients: refried beans, jack cheese, salsa, carne asada, avocado
What I would make: Some sort of crazy sandwich.