Sister Alicia Torres will be one of four chefs whipping Thanksgiving leftovers into an inventive appetizer on the Nov. 9 episode of “Chopped,” the reality TV cooking show.
The four chefs, all of whom dedicate time and talents to soup kitchens, will battle and baste on the Food Network cooking competition for $10,000 to support his or her charity. Torres will be cooking on behalf of the kitchen at Our Lady of the Angels Mission, which feeds hundreds of its Humboldt Park neighbors with frequent home-cooked meals and a food pantry.
The “Chopped” winner will be the chef who comes out on top after three rounds by preparing an appetizer, entree and dessert using often incongruous ingredients in less than 30 minutes. One contestant gets bounced after each round. Finalists on the Thanksgiving special will have to make a sweet treat out of ice cream cake and starchy candy.
Torres, 30, said artistry and ingenuinty are necessary in a soup kitchen, where unpredictable donations can determine what’s on the menu.
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