Local chef smokes the competition on 'Chopped' - Albuquerque Journal

Local chef smokes the competition on ‘Chopped’

Chef Carrie Eagle poses on set on Food Network's "Chopped." Eagle, who works at Farm & Table, won the top prize during her episode on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Food Network)
Chef Carrie Eagle poses on set on Food Network’s “Chopped. ” Eagle, who works at Farm & Table in Albuquerque, won the top prize during her episode on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Food Network)

In the end, Carrie Eagle was the lone chef left standing.

bright-spot-logoThe Duke City resident, who is the executive chef at Farm & Table, won $10,000 after beating out the competition on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” which aired Tuesday night.

The series pits four chefs against one another as they compete for a chance to win $10,000.

The chefs have to create an appetizer, an entree and a dessert.

The episode’s theme was “game day party.”

Eagle competed against Jon Rosa from Harlem, N.Y., Dean Dupuis, from Washington, D.C., and Pete Santero from Passaic County, N.J.

The four chefs competed by reinventing mac and cheese for the appetizer round, artichokes in the entree round and a stadium starch in the dessert basket.

“I like the energy,” she says of the show. “I wouldn’t make a career of cooking on TV. But in the competition setting, I like the opportunity to have a set of challenges and come through.”

Eagle has been at Farm & Table for close to two years and has had to cook to get a few jobs in her life.

“Having been in those high-pressure situations, I felt that it prepared me (for the show),” she says. “I opened my basket and I counted the four ingredients and began to work. It was intense.”

“Chopped,” hosted by Ted Allen, is in its eighth season on Food Network.

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