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And I Always Thought At Chopped Contestants Were "Struggling" Chefs Who Could Really Use The Money...

ChinoWayne Apr 27, 2012 05:01 AM


  1. moto Apr 28, 2012 11:43 PM

    there have been more than a few contestants (in the regular, not all-star shows) who are successful proprietors of (usually small to medium sized) restaurants, highly placed instructors at culinary schools, private chefs for major league sports teams or fairly prominent people, or have good positions coming from decades in the profession.

    1. chicgail Apr 28, 2012 04:19 AM

      I don't care much for her, but I don't think she is a professional chef - more of a good home cook. My guess is that hubby has the bucks. It seemed that she cooked well on Chopped, although I was very happy to see her go on NFNS.

      As for the lawsuit, who knows what happened? I guess I'm not surprised that she is as contentious in the rest of her life as she was on the previous show.

      1. DiningDiva Apr 27, 2012 11:13 PM

        Why am I so not surprised. She's not an especially likable individual, this story seems to play to that stereotype. Bully her landlord into getting what she wants via a lawsuit.

        1. paulj Apr 27, 2012 08:42 AM

          Don't confuse the 'Chopped All Stars' subseries with the regular Chopped.

          This season All Stars is structured as:
          - a battle among Iron Chefs
          - a battle among FN personalities
          - a battle among last season's Next Food Network Stars
          - a battle among Chopped judges
          - a final battle among the winners of these 4
          The prize - $50,000 to the charity of the winner's choice


          1. ChefJune Apr 27, 2012 07:33 AM

            I never thought that... I just thought they were basically "unknown" because they hadn't been on national tv before. Some of the New Yorkers who've been on are not what I'd call "struggling" any more than most chefs are "struggling."

            1. Justpaula Apr 27, 2012 05:27 AM

              Well to be fair, she was on an "all stars" episode and played for charity

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              1. re: Justpaula
                Justpaula Apr 27, 2012 05:30 AM

                Although I find calling former contestants from another Food Network show "All-Stars" a bit of a stretch.

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