Yeah, so that is me whipping up some aquafaba fluff when I was on Chopped Junior on Food Network. (They don’t stream it anywhere, but if you want to check out the episode it is called Chia Frets – Season 4, Episode 13 (Amazon, iTunes, Google Play).
I’ve been cooking since I was a kid. I can’t remember when I started, but I feel like it has been my whole life. I love cooking, it just makes me happy. I love big bold flavors. I love salty things. I love red pepper flakes. I love cooking healthy. Mostly, I just love cooking.
I have a big family. I have 4 siblings, 2 parents, and there are always a pack of kids around the house. So when we cook, we cook big. Like restaurant big. But I love it. From pasta to proteins, vegetables to dessert, I just love it all. What are my favorite things to cook? I love making salad, I love making pasta with garlic butter (my little brother Aaden helps me), and my Dad says that I make the best blondies.
I will be posting recipes and cooking videos soon. Stay tuned.
My Chopped Jr Experience
It was fun. We started with an audition video. Here it is, I kind of love it, I kind of hate it. The chicken was good though.
We sent that video, along with some other information to the production company. Then I went through about a million (well really 3 or 4, but it felt like a million) interviews over Skype. It was pretty fun. All the producers are nice, and they made it easy to talk to them. Then you wait and wait and wait and wait, and then you wait some more. And then you get the call (or your Mom does) and then you freak out a little bit. Cuz you are going to be on TV.
I headed to NYC to film. It takes a couple of days. But heading to NYC was fun (and I got some new clothes). I think I look gooood. Filming takes a few days. All of the other contestants were really nice (hey guys!). And getting to know Ted Allen, David Allen Grier (he is really funny), Amanda Freitag, and Brandi Milloy was really fun. But the show is all about the cooking. You really do just have 30 minutes to cook what is in the box. You do get a couple of minutes to think about it (seriously, like 2) before you start, but when the clock starts ticking, you really only have 30 minutes – no retakes, no do overs, and if you are on the show with David Allen Grier – he yells out the time like a drill sergeant.
After you plate your food, the judges taste it. Then you go backstage and wait.And wait. And wait. And wait. Then after that, you wait some more. Finally, they call you back and they talk to you, ask questions, and finally, you find out who gets chopped. That part is a little sad. Because everyone is really nice. And since you spend so much time together during filming you get close to everyone quickly. I was happy and sad when the other contestants got cut. Sad because they had to go, happy because I didn’t.
After the the show is filmed, you can’ tell anyone that you were on it until your show has an air date. In my case, I filmed in May, but the show didn’t air until January. I can tell you that is a LOOOOONG time to wait. So, about 3 weeks I could start telling everyone that I was ON the show. But I couldn’t tell anyone that I won. That was even HARDER. But finally, the big day came, and we had a viewing party. Here was the big moment. It was great to have all my friends and family there.