A local culinary student is proving she has got the ingredients to compete on the Food Network.
Tommi Rae Fowler, a rising junior at Wren High School, was one of 16 young cooks picked to compete in the Food Network’s “Chopped Teen Challenge” series.
“I feel like my food is an expression of myself,” said Fowler.
The 16-year-old takes culinary arts classes at the Anderson Districts 1 and 2 Career and Technology Center in Williamston. Teacher and Chef Chris Moree encouraged Fowler to audition and helped her prepare for competition.
“Chopped” pits four contestants against one another for three rounds – appetizer, entrée and dessert. The contestants are given mystery ingredients and must complete their dish in a limited amount of time.
Fowlers’ segment airs on Tuesday, July 29 at 10 p.m. and will be judged by Alex Guarnaschelli, Chris Santos, and Alex Stupak.
This is the first-ever teen series which is broken into four preliminary rounds airing on July 15, 22, 29 and August 5. The winner from each round advances to the finals on August 12.
Fowler can’t reveal how she did, but say the competition was an experience she will never forget.
“It just made me feel like I am doing what I am supposed to be doing,” Fowler says.
The winner will be named ‘Teen Chopped Grand Champion’ and will receive $25,000 along with a coveted $40,000 culinary school scholarship.