On November 10th Sister Alicia Torres of the Franciscans of the Eucharist won the Food Network’s popular “Chopped” competition. Sister Alicia was a member of the 2009 class of Labouré aspirants, and has been cooking since grade school. She regularly prepares meals for her community, in addition to running a food kitchen which serves the poor and homeless in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.
For “Chopped,” Sister Alicia transformed leftovers into Mexican-style quesadilla appetizers, prepared an entree of curried turkey with sweet potato cranberry hash, and crafted a desert consisting of flourless chocolate cake along with chocolate chip cookies topped with goat cheese and Chardonnay frosting. Her creations were so impressive that fellow contestants wondered if she hadn’t been hiding some sort of culinary training, to which Sister responded, “The Lord gave me this talent.”
When not cooking, Sister Alicia spends her time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, evangelization, and helping Chicago’s poor. The $10,000 prize money will be used to provide more home-cooked meals for impoverished individuals and families through Our Lady of the Angels Mission.
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To watch a WGN television interview with Sister Torres, click here >