Chef Donna Lee under no circumstances imagined she would take part in a truth cooking display, but then she bought an Instagram direct information from “Chopped.” The display has been on the Foods Community because 2009 and with virtually 700 episodes, the sequence has observed a program that sticks.

Four chefs are pitted in opposition to each other as they contend for a probability to win $10,000. There are 3 rounds: appetizer, entrée and dessert. The chefs are presented a basket that contains secret substances and have to develop dishes that integrate them. Each round commonly lasts 20-30 minutes and then competition are critiqued by the judges.

Lee, operator and founder of Chicago-primarily based Brown Bag Seafood Co., has based her profession on making large-top quality foods on the takeout and delivery model.

Born and elevated in Evanston, Lee has usually been in the cafe industry. She moved to Chicago and opened the initial site of Brown Bag Seafood in 2014. The manufacturer now has extra than 10 places, with expansions in Atlanta and quickly, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lee was scouted and began the interview system for “Chopped” last yr and filmed her episode in October in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her episode did not air till March 15, so she had to retain it a mystery that she was the $10,000 winner for practically 6 months.

Lee stated she practiced in advance of filming with close friends and family customers and brainstormed the themes of the mystery bins. 

The competitiveness and filming began at 6 a.m. and lasted prolonged into the evening. When Lee has seen the present before, she reported that cooking with dozens of cameras was a new experience.

“There are so several curveballs you are not essentially expecting,” she said.