Grill Girl Robyn Lindars on Chopped: Grill Masters
|Robyn Lindars competes on Chopped: Grill Masters|
Tomorrow, at 9 p.m., Lindars will compete on Food Network's Chopped: Grill Masters, the summer edition of the wildly popular chef competition where host Ted Allen provides a mystery basket filled with odd goodies to four chefs who, in turn, have to whip up a tantalizing meal from such mismatched items as blood orange, marshmallow peeps, and canned squid.
Lindars told Clean Plate Charlie that Chopped casting asked her to appear on the show twice before she accepted, but she was glad she finally said yes. "It was a really cool experience. The show was filmed in Old Tucson, Arizona -- where they filmed all the old cowboy movies, so the location itself was just amazing."
Her episode pits Lindars against three men -- two of them professional chefs, but Lindars felt she had a secure place in the competition. "Bloggers are a real part of the cooking world now. We feel out new trends and it's exciting to represent."
Filming the episode was grueling, but rewarding, said Lindars."We had to get up at 3:30 a.m. to start filming, which took an entire day. Then we had to shoot bios. Since I wasn't local, the producers asked me to bring along some items that represent Florida. Well, I have pink flamingos all over my website, so I packed some flamingos, as well as some secret ingredients that we were allowed to use on the show. I can't even imagine what the TSA thought of my suitcase."
How do you train for a show that sets out to stump the contestants by surprising them with mystery ingredients? Practice with strange food combinations, said Lindars. "My husband would bring home mystery items every day and ask me to cook with them. Poor man had to eat the results. Sometimes he would make it easy for me. That's when I knew he wanted to give his own stomach a break." According to Lindars, the one thing you really can't barbecue successfully -- canned eel. "My husband and I both agreed I would have been chopped for that dish."
We're hoping Lindars doesn't get canned eel in her mystery basket. Remember to watch this Sunday, August 5 at 9 p.m. to find out how our local Grill Girl fares.
On Monday, we'll give you a recap of the show, along with some grilling tips from Lindars, herself.
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