**Waving hello as Lyanna gets situated.
What made you decide to get on Chopped?
My baking instructor,Adrienne Terzuoli had a notice on the bulletin board in class at Food and Finance, and encouraged me to try.
Yay Adrienne! There are lots of famous chefs, particularly in New York. Is there one you admire or would enjoy working with?
|Chef Marcus Samuelsson & Chef Lyanna|
|Chef Carla Hall & Chef Lyanna|
|Chef Gordon Ramsay from the show Hell's Kitchen|
Agreed, I would say he definitely has passion, and his blue eyes are electric! Would we ever catch you eating a cheeseburger or hot dog?
Just because I can make fancy dishes doesn't mean I don't enjoy a hotdog every once in awhile. I actually prefer that over a cheeseburger.
Give me my cheeseburger any day! (lol) Are you the designated cook in the kitchen for Thanksgiving dinner, and if so, what's on the menu?
I would probably say that I'm the head cook during Thanksgiving because I'm designated to prepare the turkey and yams. Other than that, me and my brother help out my mom as she needs us.
One of your menu items on the show was sausage and peppers. How quickly did you get to think about that?
At most, I think I had less than 3 minutes to put everything together in my head before I had to take off running!
That dish looks phenomenal! What time did you actually arrive at the Chopped Studio, and is everything completed in just one day?
We arrived at 7am, and left at 8pm, so everything was recorded all in one day.
We're all dying to know what you ate throughout the day.
Well, everyone had to get to the designated hotel individually. Once we arrived, there was this really fantastic breakfast there. When everyone finished, we headed to the studio in a van to get started. During the middle of the day, the culinary team prepared a really nice lunch for everyone before we recorded the dessert round.
|A culinary masterpiece from Chef Lyanna|
The other contestants during your show were Tommy, Nathan and Samantha. Was everyone friendly?
Everyone was really nice, but I bonded the most with Tommy, and we still talk today. We'll actually be going to the CIA together in March 2017.
Speaking of school, what kind of plans do you have, and do you still need funding?
Once I graduate from high school later this year, I'd like to be able to travel a little and find a job before going to the CIA. How else am I supposed to gain worldly experiences, right? I was really blessed to win a 2 year scholarship to the CIA, but I still need funding for my Bachelor's Degree which I don't have right now. https://www.gofundme.com/
The Garlic Butter Shrimp & Fried Calamari dish looked delicious, and everyone loved the way you prepared it. Since you've been working at a well-known restaurant like Carbone's, would you say Italian food is your fave? In case you didn't see the show, this is what was in those daunting baskets.
Appetizer: saucisson en croute, quinoa, white harissa, seaweed salad
Entree: squid, lemon candy, kusa squash, shrimp cocktail
Dessert: pirate’s breakfast, French pastries, strawberries, citrus sodaAll types of food are my favorites, but I would have to say Italian is pretty high up there.
How long does it really take for a decision to be made of who gets chopped?
As I was sitting in that room waiting, it seemed like it took the longest time ever, but that was due to nerves and anxiety. In reality, they decide in about 2-3 minutes.
That's a lot faster than I thought.What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that my second career would be photography. I love taking pictures of beautiful scenery.
Wow! That's pretty quick! I know you're super busy, but what do you watch on television when you have time, and what was the last movie you enjoyed?
Law & Order SVU, Young and Hungry, and long list of others. I watched a movie called Me Before You.
I love reruns of law and Order SVU, too. As romance readers, we have to be nosy about your love life. (lol)
Well, Declan is my boyfriend, and he is the most amazing guy ever! He's tall with the most beautiful eyes,
How romantic! What 3 things must you have in the kitchen?
Salt/Pepper, Chef's Knife and Olive Oil
Where will we see Chef Lyanna in 4 years?
Hopefully graduating with my Bachelors from the CIA and working in a High End Restaurant.
Oops! Before you leave, I've been dying to know this for years. Do you get to keep those really cool chef jackets?
LOL - Yes, They mail them to us.
Thanks so much for such a fun interview. You may not have won the $25,000 grand prize, but you're still a STAR to us!
Don't forget to help this brilliant young chef of 17 reach her dream of getting a Bachelor's Degree at the CIA by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/