Eleven-year-old Ella Rutiaga of Clovis did her best as a contestant on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior,” but in the end, she got chopped.
Rutiaga, an avid cook and Clovis Unified sixth grader, appeared on the popular television show that aired Tuesday evening. She was eliminated in the entree round.
“I felt like I did a good job and I learned a lot of stuff,” Ella said Tuesday. “I didn’t feel defeated. It was a lot of fun.”
The show pits four kids against each other to see who can put together the most creative, best tasting and stylish dishes. The catch is the kids don’t know the ingredients they will work with until they arrive on the show.
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Among the ingredients Ella had to work with were lamb, mushrooms and granola.
Ella, who had never cooked lamb, made kabobs out of it using a Greek yogurt marinade. The dish got positive comments from the judges.
Ella’s mother, K.C. Rutiaga, said she couldn’t be prouder of her daughter.
“She is a special and unique kid who has a real passion for cooking,” Rutiaga said. “And I am really impressed with her.”