It’s time to set your DVR before holiday schedules make our lives too crazy. Two Atlanta chefs, Ria Pell and Virginia Willis, will each appear on upcoming episodes of Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped.”
Pell, who’s behind the two popular Atlanta spots Ria’s Bluebird and Sauced, will appear on the episode airing on Nov. 20 at 10 p.m. Sauced will host a viewing party in Pell’s honor on the evening it airs with food from The Spotted Trotter, Rathbun’s, Fox Bros. BBQ and more for a $20 fee. Purchase tickets online.
Atlanta’s other upcoming “Chopped” contestant, Virginia Willis, will appear on the show’s Nov. 27 episode. In an announcement on her website, Willis wrote,
I am sooo excited. It was a fantastic experience — and really, really hard! No kidding, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
“Chopped” is a top-rated competition cooking show that focuses on skill, speed, creativity, and execution. Chefs are challenged to create dishes that showcase their passion, cooking style, and culinary talent, all within a 30 minute deadline. The catch? We had to use mystery ingredients pulled out of a basket just seconds before we started cooking. In the past, contestants have pulled out items such as animal crackers, octopus, yucca, rice cakes, and Gummi Bears.
Believe me, I was wishing for gummi bears. You will not believe what we had to cook.
Good luck to these two Atlanta chefs. We’re rooting for you.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog