Despite Fears, Adrienne Grenier Triumphed On Chopped Last Night
|Executive chef Paula DaSilva and Chopped champion, Adrienne Grenier.|
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.)
|Celebrating Grenier's win at 1500 Degrees last night.|
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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