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Many judges who spoke to Insider are tired of truffle oil. GPritchettPhoto/Shutterstock
  • As part of the From the Judging Table series, Insider spoke to former and current judges from popular cooking shows to find out the ingredients they wish contestants would stop using so much.

  • There are more creative alternatives to bacon and cinnamon.

  • Multiple chefs and judges told Insider that truffles and truffle-flavored ingredients are overused.

  • Scallops are popular because they’re easy to cook, but some judges think they’re used too often. 

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