From the Chicago Tribune:
Sister Alicia Torres became the "Chopped" champion on the Food Network’s reality TV cooking show, winning $10,000 for Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, which feeds its Humboldt Park neighbors with frequent home-cooked meals.
“The Lord gave me this talent," Torres told the judges, who ribbed her for harboring some secret culinary training. "I believe the kitchen is my canvas where I get to express myself creatively."
Torres, 30, was one of four chefs cooking with some version of conventional Thanksgiving ingredients -- turkey, green beans, potatoes and cranberries -- on the special volunteer edition of the show that aired Monday. Bonnie Kepplinger, 74, a volunteer for The Crib, a homeless shelter for LGBT teenagers, survived one round but lost the entree portion (ed note: SNORT!).
|Sister Alicia Torres|
In the appetizer round, Torres transformed leftovers into Mexican-style quesadillas. Kepplinger made deep-fried turkey croquettes and potato balls with a green bean salad and cranberry dressing. Torres made a Mediterranean-style entree with curry turkey, a sweet potato cranberry hash and a dipping sauce with goat cheese and green beans. Kepplinger braised turkey, green beans and created a tart cranberry salad but failed to get the potatoes on the plate.
“I think time did get the best of me, but I also think my muse just conked out,” Kepplinger said on the show.
In an interview Monday, Kepplinger said she was so impressed with Torres that she expects the “cooking nun” to be a regular on TV soon.
Torres helped found the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago on the city's West Side and recently professed vows. The new Franciscan community is devoted to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, evangelization and serving Chicago's poor.
|Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago|