Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Philly cop finds new life after 'Chopped'

The Food Network will show a rerun of a Chopped competition featuring Philly's Diana Sabater (8 p.m., Sept. 17).

A Philly cop finds new life after 'Chopped'

Chefs Ted Torres and Diana Sabater of The Kitchen Barrio.
Chefs Ted Torres and Diana Sabater of The Kitchen Barrio.

The Food Network will show a rerun of a Chopped competition featuring Philly's Diana Sabater (8 p.m., Sept. 17).

Called "Momumental," it's a Mother's Day episode that featured four everyday moms, rather than pro chefs. Much was made of the fact that Sabater was a cop and a mom.

Since the episode was taped last December and first shown in May, Sabater left the Philadelphia Police Department and obtained a master's degree in psychology. "I've closed that chapter in my life," she said.

She also has gone pro. Although she is not a chef, she and partner, chef Ted Torres, are developing a project to reach out to Latino youths to get them into culinary programs. It's called The Kitchen Barrio. Video is here.

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"I've always cooked," Sabater said. "It's always been a creative outlet for me since age 10. But I didn't always have guidance and I struggled to make my way alone in life."

The Chopped experience, she said, "made me reach down and find the strength to pursue other goals. Being on Chopped confirmed that I could overcome every single obstacle you could throw at me."

The ingredient list was the usual hodgepodge:

Appetizer: coffee, pheasant, escarole, peanut butter blossom cookies (this became escarole salad with pheasant cooked in sofrito)

Entree:: carrot baby food, pork butt, mustard greens, red quinoa (she made pork guisado)

Dessert: bison grass vodka, guava paste, pistachios, crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (she made a tart out of it)

"This really inspired me, and I want to inspire others," she said. "So many young people don't have a support system."
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