Emily Roche’s Louisiana-inspired dessert put her over the top on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” Tuesday night.
The Mandeville Middle School sixth-grader, 12, bested three other young cooks to win the “Chopped Junior” chef’s coat and a cool $10,000.
In the final round, Emily went one-on-one with Zoe Gelsi, of Montclair, New Jersey. The girls were tasked with whipping up a meal-ender using star fruit, lemonade, Bugles corn snacks and a rainbow tie-dyed cake.
Emily looked no further than New Orleans for her inspiration and concocted a sweet bread pudding from the cake, incorporating the other ingredients in her toppings.
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