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