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12-Year Old Chef Tavia Wins $10K on Food Network Show


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12-Year Old Chef Tavia Wins $10K on Food Network Show

12-year old Tavia Isaac from Chester, Pennsylvania, had a big secret that she had to keep for four months. The secret was that she was chosen as the top winner on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” show but she couldn’t tell anyone until the showed aired four months later back in August 2016. She won $10,000, and officially earned her title as a chef.

Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” show features children age 9-15 highlighting their cooking skills. Four young chefs are given 3-5 ingredients and 30 minutes to create a winning dish. Last April, Chef Tavia was selected as the top winner. Her dish included brown butter cornish hen, sautéed asparagus and brussel sprouts with blueberry ketchup, grilled minute steak with dragon tongue beans as an appetizer, and for dessert, cherry tart with banana meringue.

A family that loves to cook

Chef Tavia comes from a family that loves to cook, including her mother, Crystal, and her grandmother. When she was just 8 years old, she and her mother watched “Chopped” together, and that is how…


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