FAN POLL: Vote for Your Favorite Competitor in the Chopped Ultimate Champions Finale
We've watched as four returning champions have battled to earn a spot in the Chopped Ultimate Champions finale. One professional chef, one amateur cook, one hero cook and one celebrity have made it through. On the line is the biggest prize ever handed out on Chopped, $50,000 in cash and a new car. Each of these competitors has the potential to win, but only one will walk away the Ultimate Champion. Ahead of Tuesday's finale at 10|9c, support your favorite competitor by voting for him or her in the fan poll.
What makes this tournament different from others is that one pro is facing off against three amateur cooks. But these amateurs wouldn't have made it this far in the competition if they didn't have what it takes to beat a professional. Who will win? Will it be the pro or one of the joes? Let us reintroduce the returning champions and contenders for the Ultimate Champion title:
Since his last appearance on Chopped, Giorgio has opened two restaurants in Miami. He has been listed in Forbes' 30 Under 30 for food and was named a James Beard Rising Star semifinalist. He brings an edge to the Chopped kitchen that will be tough to match for these amateur cooks.
Firefighter Keith is the main cook at his firehouse. He's also a single dad; his wife passed away from cancer just before his first appearance on Chopped. Since then he's gained even greater confidence as a cook and is even working on an upcoming cookbook.
Cooking was an escape for Diana, who grew up in the Philly ghetto. She turned her life around for herself and her kids by becoming a police officer. Since her last appearance on Chopped, she's left the force and is now a private chef and caterer, following her culinary dreams.
Boxer Laila made a name for herself, coming out from behind her famous father's shadow. As an undefeated champion in the ring, she knows how to win a competition. Healthy cooking is the way she expresses herself at home, and she's even working on a cookbook.
Don't forget to tune in for the Chopped Ultimate Champions on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10|9c.