April 12, 2021

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GRCC culinary professor wins ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ on Foodstuff Network, pockets $10,000

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Jenn Fillenworth was between 4 contestants on a latest episode of the Food Network’s ‘Supermarket Stakeout.’ Jenn ended up winning, earning her $10,000.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A soaring chef from West Michigan is $10,000 richer just after a short while ago winning an episode of the tv clearly show ‘Supermarket Stakeout,’ which is broadcast nationally on the Food items Network.

Jenn Fillenworth, who is a registered dietitian, personal chef and adjunct instructor with Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, states she was to start with contacted by Foodstuff Community producers in in late 2019 about getting to be a contestant on the display.

“I was associated in a serious auto incident shortly soon after they contacted me,” explained Fillenworth, who also writes the “Jenny with the Superior Eats” website.

Fillenworth broke her again in the accident. She essential surgical procedure, then endured what seemed like infinite rehabilitation, which lasted a lot more than a year.

She claimed the show’s producers reached again out to her all over again in spring 2020, presenting her the option all over again.

“Fortunately, they remembered me,” reported Fillenworth, who lately turned executive chef at Root Farmacy Cafe, positioned in East Hills. “But right about the time [the producers] contacted me, COVID-19 hit, forcing almost everything to be shutdown.”

The Food Network creates ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ in a grocery retailer parking large amount in Los Angeles, CA. Jenn was advised that generation would begin on Time 3 of the present in mid-Oct, with basic safety actions for the pandemic in location.

“I had to signal a non-disclosure settlement, that means I couldn’t tell any individual what I was doing,” claimed Fillenworth. “All of Time 3 was shot in one particular working day.”

Just about every episode of ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ commences with 4 cooks who have to develop dishes from groceries they order from buyers at a nearby grocery store with a spending budget of $500 each and every with the closing chef successful a prize of $10,000. 

In just about every spherical, a standard kind of dish is assigned for the chefs to produce. They have 45 minutes to acquire substances and get ready, cook, and plate a few servings (1 for every decide and a third “splendor plate”). 

The judges consider the dishes on flavor, presentation, and how carefully they adhere to the concept of the spherical. The chef whose dish is judged the least satisfactory is eradicated from the levels of competition and will have to forfeit his/her remaining funds. Soon after the 3rd spherical, the previous remaining chef has his/her income full greater to $10,000.

“We literally ambushed the keep customers as they left the retail store,” reported Fillenworth. “Frequently situations, extra than just one chef would approach a shopper, making a bidding war for their cart of groceries.”

The episode in which Fillenworth competed aired Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The theme was, “Greek, Sweet & Open up-confronted Eats.”

Despite some issues, Fillenworth handed muster with the judges immediately after both equally the 1st and second rounds, environment up a struggle in the Finals towards chef Julie Liebhoff, who is a previous Food items Community champion.

“We experienced to do open up faced sandwiches in the remaining round,” reported Fillenworth. “As I was wanting at the carts coming out, I really imagined of flatbread.”

Fillenworth hardly experienced any of her $500 left, but she managed to acquire five elements from consumers, permitting her to make flatbread.

The judges appreciated Fillenworth’s flatbread better than her opposition’s dish, and declared her the episode’s winner.

“I started out crying,” stated Fillenworth. “It was this sort of a excellent second because of all the rehabbing I did in the course of the yr.

“I was there to get risks, so I did it.”

Fillenworth suggests Food items Community producers have yet again achieved out to her, thinking if she’d like to return and protect her title. She suggests she’s selected she will.

The moment the pandemic is in excess of, Fillenworth suggests she designs to invest her $10,000 traveling abroad.

If you skipped the ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ episode Jenn Fillenworth was highlighted in, it can be re-airing on the Food stuff Network on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. EST.

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