August 19, 2016
Jersey Village High School graduate and Hamilton Elementary School paraeducator Avanta Adeleke, far right, was a finalist in the Food Network 2015 Chopped at Home Challenge, and is currently in contention to be a 2016 finalist.
Aug. 19, 2016—CFISD graduate and employee Avanta Adeleke is competing for the second year to be a contestant in the Food Network’s 2016 Chopped at Home Challenge, presented by Sargento.
The contest invites home chefs to create a dish around specific parameters, submit to Food Network with a photo and description and undergo a public voting period. Four finalists are chosen.
Adeleke, a 2008 Jersey Village High School graduate who works as a special education instructional paraeducator at Hamilton Elementary School, was chosen as a 2015 Chopped at Home finalist, but lost in the cook-off.
“This is my journey to redemption,” she said.
Adeleke created a dish titled, “Grilled Cheese Pork Sliders with Broccoli Cheddar Tots,” that can receive votes at the Chopped at Home Challenge website. She created the unique dish using pork, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and Sargento Cheddar Cheese.
Finalists are determined by three components that factor in the judges’ overall score—number of public votes, appetite appeal and creativity. Finalists receive a $5,000 award and a trip to New York City to compete in the final competition. The winner will receive $10,000.
“Though I did not win last year, the very thought me becoming a finalist brings me great joy,” said Adeleke, who will graduate in 2017 with an education degree from Sam Houston State University. “Cooking is a passion that allows me combine my love for math and science by creating delicious dishes through experimentation. I am grateful for the opportunity to showcase this to others..
“This is an amazing opportunity that will help me further my cooking knowledge and education, and I would love my Cy-fair community to rally behind me.”
Vote for Adeleke’s dish by visiting the following page on the Food Network website. The voting period concludes on Monday, Aug. 22.