South Jersey 11-year-old reportedly competes on 'Chopped Junior'

South Jersey 11-year-old reportedly competes on 'Chopped Junior'

VINELAND — Anyone tuning in to Tuesday night’s episode of “Chopped Junior” on the Food Network will get to watch an 11-year-old from Vineland try her hand at the kids’ cooking competition.

The Daily Journal reports that Sarah Hullihen was selected to compete on the show and taped an episode this spring. 

She can’t talk about how it went until the episode airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but she did tell the newspaper that it was much more intimidating to cook in front of “25 cameras” and host Ted Allen than in her kitchen at home.

According to the Food Network, the episode Tuesday is called “Hot Potato, Not Potato” and features ingredients including ground beef, chocolate and something that looks like a baked potato, but isn’t.

Hullihen told the Daily Journal that she watches cooking competition shows including “Chopped Junior” and started to think this spring that she could do it herself. 

She has also competed in a youth cooking contest hosted by Sodexo, the company that provides food for the Vineland Public School District, the Daily Journal reported.

Several other New Jersey youth have taken on the basket of mystery ingredients on “Chopped Junior.”

Earlier this year, New Jersey residents watched episodes of the show featuring Jacob Stern, a freshman at East Brunswick High School, and Zoe Gelsi, 12, a sixth grader from Montclair.

A year ago this month, the Food Network aired episodes featuring twins Emily and Lyla Allen of Lawrence and Dylan Marcus of Cherry Hill.

Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Published at Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:00:05 +0000