Sister Alicia Torres was victorious over three competitor chefs on Monday night’s finale of Food Network’s “Chopped.” The champ walked away with a $10,000 prize for Humboldt Park’s Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. The four chefs featured in the special Thanksgiving competition, all dedicate their time and culinary talents to soup kitchens.
According to the Tribune, Torres “was one of four chefs cooking with some version of conventional Thanksgiving ingredients — turkey, green beans, potatoes and cranberries — on the special volunteer edition of the show that aired Monday.”
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Sr. Torres, 30, who never attended culinary school, is one of the founders of the mission, and calls the kitchen her “canvas where I get to express myself creatively.”
According to her Twitter profile, Sr. Torres states: “I live, pray and serve at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago. My goal is to be a saint, and my desire is to do God’s will! Peace!!”
In 2013, Sr. Torres was featured in the film “Light of Love,” a movie by the Imagine Sisters Movement, in which she discusses her religious calling.