Chopped Champions Winner Diana Sabater Talks Giorgio Rapicavoli and Moving to Miami

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Last week, Giorgio Rapicavoli found himself in familiar territory as he faced Chopped judges for the third time in the dessert round of the first-ever Chopped Champions. The only difference this time around was that once Ted Allen lifted the silver cloche, Rapicavoli lost.

Diana Sabater, a single mother of two and former police department employee defeated the Eating House chef and owner, winning $50,000 and a brand new car -- the biggest prize in Chopped history. We caught up with Sabater yesterday as she's visiting Miami for the first time and thinking about making this her home.

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Giorgio Rapicavoli Defeated in Chopped Champions Finale

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As host Ted Allen best put it at the beginning of last night's Chopped Champions grand finale: "We could not be more pumped about this ultimate tournament grand finale lineup. Three amazing bold amateurs versus one strong and steady pro."

That pro was Giorgio Rapicavoli, chef and owner of Eating House, who after winning Chopped Champions' first round, pushed through to the dessert round in the finale, losing to Diana Sabater at the very end.

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Chopped Champions Finale Tonight: Giorgio Rapicavoli Goes For the Win

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Chopped Champions finale tonight.
Almost a month ago, chef and owner of Eating House, Giorgio Rapicavoli, competed in Food Network's first ever Chopped Champions and won in the professional round. No stranger to the chopping block and kitchen, Rapicavoli was the first Miami chef to win Chopped and Chopped Champions.

Tonight, he goes up against the winners from the other three rounds (amateur, celebrities and heroes) in the Chopped Champions grand finale at 10 p.m.

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MasterChef Casting in Miami: Insider Tips From the Casting Director

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Masterchef is coming to Miami.
MasterChef, the Fox cooking competition that has "real people" competing just wrapped up season five, with judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot choosing Courtney Lapressi, an aerial dancer from Philadelphia, as the victor. Now, it's on to season six.

MasterChef is seeking contestants for a new season with a multi-city open casting call that includes a stop in Miami.

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Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins Chopped, Again

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Giorgio Rapicavoli makes winning Chopped look easy.
Last night, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House and Taperia Raca competed in Food Network's first Chopped Ultimate Champions, where four winners were invited back into the kitchen.

"No amateur is taking me down," Rapicavoli uttered even before the show began.

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Giorgio Rapicavoli to Appear on Chopped Champions Tonight

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Remember two years ago when chef Giorgio Rapicavoli competed on Chopped and became the first Miami chef to win? The $10,000 gave Rapicavoli the chance to pop up Eating House, which has become a staple of Miami's dining and brunch scene.

Well, tonight the chef is making his way back to the show that kicked things off -- sort of. Tune in to the Food Network at 10 p.m. for the first Chopped Ultimate Champions tournament.

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Eat This, Drink That, Go! Hits TV; Local Chefs Guest-Star Every Week

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Reality cooking shows are all the rage, but how about that old-school, vintage way of getting your interactive news? We're talking about radio. For three years, Jimmy Cefalo and Brenda Bassett have hosted the popular radio show Eat This, Drink That, Go!

Cefalo is a wine connoisseur, broadcaster, and former Miami Dolphins receiver who shares his passion for food and marketing conglomerate Cefalo's International with Bassett. Together, the two have been spreading their knowledge of local eats and drinks as well as tidbits on travels every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. on 610 WIOD AM. And Mondays, you can catch a recap of all the action in a 30-minute TV version of Eat This, Drink That on the Beach Channel or AT&T U-Verse Channel 19.

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Lee Schrager Makes Cocktails for Melissa and Joe Gorga on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live

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Lee Schrager was in the clubhouse.
Bravo Television's Andy Cohen hosted Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa and Joe Gorga on last night's Watch What Happens Live for a little "Fried and True" talk about the latest RHONJ cat fight.

What makes this particular chat so intriguing? Serving up cocktails at the Clubhouse bar was none other than Lee Brian Schrager, vice president of corporate communications and national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., the force behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and author of Fried & True.

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The Federal Hosts Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Watch Party Tonight

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Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold make a Guy Fieri sandwich in Flavortown!
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions is neither a diner, a drive-in, nor a dive. So it may come as a surprise that Guy Fieri chose to feature the intimate restaurant on his Food Network hit.

That is, until you catch on that chef/partner Cesar Zapata is all about working with good old-fashioned, all-American basics like bacon and wings and turning them into brand new creations. Unarguably, classic diner comfort food is a major influence.

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Reuben Ruiz: Miami's Own Food Network Star

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Reuben Ruiz: The next Food Network star?
Bobby Flay. Giada De Laurentiis. Guy Fieri. They're just a few of the chefs and hosts who have worked their way into the kitchens of America through their entertaining shows on Food Network.

A coveted hosting gig is the aspiration of many young chefs and cooks who dream of being behind the stove and in front of the camera. The question they often ask is, "How on Earth do you get that one big break?" For some Food Network stars, that break began with a televised cooking competition on (you guessed it) Food Network.

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