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Saratoga chef and Scotia-Glenville grad wins Food Network competition 'Chopped'

Saratoga chef and Scotia-Glenville grad wins Food Network competition 'Chopped'

Executive chef at Saratoga Springs’ Hamlet & Ghost pulls out victory with elegant dessert
Saratoga chef and Scotia-Glenville grad wins Food Network competition 'Chopped'
The viewing party at Hamlet & Ghost is seen Tuesday night in Saratoga Springs for Michele Hunter, pictured.
Photographer: photos provided

Michele Hunter, the executive chef at Saratoga Springs’ Hamlet & Ghost, came out on top during last night’s episode of “Chopped.”

The pre-recorded episode, which aired on Food Network, had Hunter competing against three other chefs.

Hunter rose to the occasion in the last segment, the dessert round, when the final two contestants were asked to make a dessert out of frog-eye salad, papayas, Negroni and dried mulberries. The judges complimented Hunter on her presentation and flavor.

“It’s been hard keeping the outcome of the show a secret, but it’s so worth it watching everyone’s reactions,” said Chef Hunter. “The show was challenging, but it was an incredible experience and I’m happy to say that I am now a ‘Chopped’ champion.”

"I have a dream of opening a small bakery, and the $10,000 would help a lot," said Hunter on the show.

Hunter attended Scotia-Glenville High School and Capital Region BOCES Culinary Tech Prep Program and went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America. She’s worked in several restaurants in the greater Capital Region, including Yono’s, Blue Hen and others.

The owner of Hamlet & Ghost, Brendan Dillon, threw a watch party last night to celebrate Hunter’s accomplishment.

“We are so proud of Michele. She is such a talented chef and we are so grateful to have her at our restaurant” he said. “If you haven’t been here, definitely come out and try some dishes because you won’t be disappointed with Michele’s work.”

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