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Alum to appear on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Alum to appear on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Sister Alicia Torres, a 2007 Loyola graduate, will appear this month on a special “Thanksgiving Soup-er Stars” edition of the popular Food Network show “Chopped.”

Cooking has been a passion of Sister Alicia Torres since she was a teenager.

Having recently professed her final vows as a Franciscan Sister in the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, Torres puts her skills as a chef to good use by helping feed 700 families a month in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood. But Torres recently proved she’s no ordinary soup kitchen cook when she competed on the popular Food Network show Chopped.

Torres, a 2007 Loyola graduate, is one of four soup kitchen cooks who will appear this month to raise money for charity on a special “Thanksgiving Soup-er Stars” edition of Chopped. On the show, each cook receives a mystery basket of ingredients and has to come up with a way to use all of the items to prepare a custom dish. After each round—appetizer, entree, and dessert—one contestant is eliminated by a team of judges until one chef remains.

For Torres, appearing on the show is an opportunity to call attention to a critical issue that she encounters in her own backyard—and one that effects people nationwide—on a daily basis.

“I tip my hat to Chopped and the Food Network for making it a priority to use their influence to help shed light on the issue of hunger in our country, especially as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday,” she said.

“Working together with every person of good will, we can make a big difference and help end hunger person by person, neighborhood by neighborhood. All it takes is a little creativity, a lot of determination, and a deep faith that God’s providence will never fail.”

• See Torres compete on the Food Network’s Chopped on Monday, November 9, at 7 p.m. You can visit the show’s website to find additional times. 
• Read more about Torres and her love of cooking in this Chicago Tribune story