NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A New Haven school cafeteria chef has won top honors in a nationwide television cooking competition which is part of efforts to raise awareness about children’s nutrition.

Cheryl Barbara, head cook at New Haven’s High School in the Community, defeated three other chefs in an episode of “Chopped,” aired Tuesday night on the Food Network.

The show pits chefs against each other with a basket of unusual and seemingly incompatible ingredients, from which they must make dishes to impress the judges.

One is eliminated in each round until the winner emerges after dessert.

Barbara defeated a fellow New Haven school cook and one from Waterford schools, along with another competitor from Islip, N.Y. Her prizes included $10,000 and classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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