Arts & Entertainment

Livingston's Amanda DeFuria Wins Food Network's Chopped Junior Competition

b6a8e334c8ca17b6b446_20160531_231601.jpg
b6a8e334c8ca17b6b446_20160531_231601.jpg

LIVINGSTON, NJ — An 11-year-old Livingston resident became the winner of $10,000 and the highly coveted “Chopped Junior” chef’s jacket when she appeared on the reality cooking competition, which aired on Tuesday, May 31 on Food Network.

Amanda DeFuria was selected to compete against three talented junior chefs from across the country in the three-round competition, and ultimately won over judges Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Comedy Actress Christine Taylor and Food Network Star Eddie Jackson, with host Ted Allen encouraging the junior chefs throughout the competition.

In her casting video, Amanda explained that she began cooking at a very young age, when she would help her great grandma and grandma add spices the pasta gravy. At six years old, according to Amanda, she began cooking meals on her own.

Sign Up for E-News

When asked what she would do with the $10,000 if she won, Amanda said, “I would save some for college. Also, I would like to save some to open a restaurant when I’m older, too.”

“Chopped” is a contest that pits four chefs against each other for three rounds—appetizer, entrée and dessert—and requires the chefs to incorporate unusual combinations of ingredients into cohesive, creative dishes. This particular episode used ingredients like heart-shaped pasta in the appetizer round, shellfish that were still on the shell for the entrée and a creative take on cookies and milk in the dessert round.

Amanda consistently wowed the judges with her interpretations of the ingredients provided to her. Her competitors also did not underestimate Amanda despite her appearance.

“I’m definitely keeping an eye on Amanda,” said her fellow 11-year-old junior chef, Ally. “She’s small and she looks really cute, but she’s really a fierce competitor.”

Throughout the competition, the judges described Amanda’s dishes using adjectives like stunning, clean and refreshing.

“Your presentation is flawless,” Jackson said in the first round. “For an 11-year-old to make a plate this beautiful just shocks me.”

“There are so many wonderful things that you’ve done here,” Guarnaschelli said about Amanda’s entrée.

“Amanda, I can’t stop eating this ice cream,” Taylor said in the dessert round. “It’s silky, the flavor is very robust—super yummy.”

Amanda experienced a minor setback in the dessert round when she realized there was no heavy cream to remake the whipped cream that she wasn't thrilled with only minutes before. In the final seconds, she also realized that she overlooked one of her ingredients, but ultimately got it on the plate and took home the victory.

“If I was one of the judges, I couldn’t pick,” Amanda said to her 12-year-old competitor, Luke. “It could go either way.”

“I’m neck and neck with Amanda because she put out really good dishes and so did I,” said Luke.

Despite her minor setback in the final round, Amanda was confident that she served the judges the best work she could and that she deserved the win. Amanda acknowledged that her competitors were great chefs, but refused to be intimidated by any of them.

“This is the best day of my life, this is awesome, thank you,” she told the judges. “For the rest of my life, to call myself a Chopped Junior champion, that means me so much to me. I’m so happy.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fitness
Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

20% Off Purchases at Livingston Pharmacy

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Pharmacy & Surgical Supplies is offering 20 percent off your entire entire purchase, EXCLUDING prescription co-pays, if you just mention TAPinto Livingston OR display a TAPinto Livingston logo or display the website on your phone or device.

Livingston Pharmacy & Surgical Supplies, located at 91 E. Mount Pleasant Ave. has established itself as a retail ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b20a8250917845925251_mini_magick20180715-93558-18g5bx1

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

Caldwell University Alumni Theater, Caldwell

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use ...

Health & Wellness

Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Organically Yours: a wellness experience with ...

Carousel_image_2468930b54fcb2172eae_gb_front

Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...