Circa 1886′s Marc Collins Throws His Knife in the Ring

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Is it mere coincidence that Collins’ official head shot looks eerily similar to the Chopped logo?

Among the local chefs hoping to score a competitor’s spot on Chopped is Circa 1886’s Marc Collins, who’s definitely not in it for the money.

“Funny thing is, I had no idea the winner received ten grand,” says Collins, who was contacted by the Food Network show’s casting team. Chopped is now soliciting applications from professional and amateur Charleston chefs, and plans to conduct in-town interviews next month. “It just seemed like a good way to have fun and get some media attention for the restaurant at the same time.”

Collins responded to the recruitment e-mail with a message saying he’d submitted an application two years ago, but never heard back. Continue reading