Despite Fears, Adrienne Grenier Triumphed On Chopped Last Night

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Riki Altman
Executive chef Paula DaSilva and Chopped champion, Adrienne Grenier.
Planning a meal in seconds with limited ingredients, based upon a food mystery in a basket, is no easy feat, even for a seasoned professional.

Last night on Chopped, Adrienne Grenier beat out a bunch of guys with more experience, who talked a lot of trash, each claiming with bravado that he was certain to win. Yet as the rounds ticked by, those boys got nervous, and Grenier, a sous chef at the Eden Roc's 1500 Degrees, continued to wow the judges, taking home the ten grand worth of prize money.

Local chefs gathered at the restaurant to support Grenier, including her former boss, Dean James Max, as well as Alberto Cabrera, Sean Brasel, Timon Balloo, Michael Bloise, Kurtis Jantz and Chad Galiano. Also in attendance was the first Miami Chopped champ, Giorgio Rapicavoli. Grenier attributed her presence on the show to executive chef Paula DaSilva, saying, "I'm here mostly because my boss made me."

In the first round she turned frozen fries into a successful hash, and despite being unfamiliar with the star of the entrée course, blue foot chicken, Grenier was the only competitor to deliver a plate of poultry that was tender; the other two dishes were dry enough for the judges to complain repeatedly. Her dessert of a masa harissa shortcake clinched the win, although the stress of watching her compete may have been worse than the actual competing. There were tears, emotional admissions of her lack of confidence, inexperience and hesitation to enter the culinary world five years ago (never wanted to hug a stranger so badly.)

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Riki Altman
Celebrating Grenier's win at 1500 Degrees last night.
At one moment she looked frazzled when standing in front of the "pantry," and we hear Grenier's internal monologue saying, "My boss Paula would be really disappointed if I didn't give it all I've got...this is a chance to gain some confidence...you've gotta believe in yourself, so I tell myself that I am going to win Chopped!"

And thus she did, ending the show with the following statement about her victory, "Wow, it's huge! I proved to myself that I am worth something."

Chef Adrienne, please start celebrating your bright future immediately!

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1500 Degrees at Eden Roc - CLOSED

4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Chefgaumond
Chefgaumond

Ditto. I just saw rerun of this show. Inner beauty, sure... But has amazing outer beauty, too. I have a friend who works @ Eden Roc for Paula, and I assure you, I'm visiting so I can meet this talented & beautiful lady.

sarahg
sarahg

I think Adrienne is probably the most beautiful, gentle woman I've ever seen.  Her inner beauty shines through in everything she does.  I totally feel in love with her :)  I could not take my eyes off of her...

Cherie
Cherie

I was SO happy to see Adrienne win Chopped!  She made me want to hug her with her comment about her mom (she's till not sure mom is proud?  How about NOW?)  This is a chef to keep an eye out for.  You GO GIRL!

Who's the Chef...?
Who's the Chef...?

Adrienne did better than her boss, Chef Paula DaSilva, who lost a food competition last year at Turnberry Isle against Chef Philip Brock. The basket contained a flank steak, potatoes, vegies, etc. Chef Philip won with a resounding victory in the contest sponsored by a meat company...Way to go, Adrienne...!!

guest
guest

Hi Who's the Chef?I find it very unusual that you recall this event so clearly. You may have been a participant, or a friend of the chefs, or maybe just someone who needs to be muzzled. Next time before you put your two cents in on what Chef Paula and Chef Adrienne have won and lost, make sure you know what other competitions and awards they have won. 1500 Degrees is one of Esquire's top restaurants for 2011 due to the great teamwork of Adrienne and Paula together, HATER. So take your basket of flank bullshit and go elsewhere.

Who's the Chef...?
Who's the Chef...?

Hey Guest,What can I say, I have a photographic memory, I recalled it as everyone saw it...Quite frankly, I don't care what Chef Paula has won or lost, I was just stating the FACTS!!I was not a participant in the contest, it was watched by a few hundred people who attended the event. Why should I be muzzled...? Just because your friend/boss didn't win...? Sounds like a poor loser, class is when you lose with dignity, take the lumps and learn from it... I'm not a hater, I actually watched and cheered Paula on when she competed on Gordon Ramsay's show!! Grow Up...!!

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