‘Chopped Junior’ Champ Shows How to Serve Up Fantastic Frog Legs

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13-year-old Tavia Isaac of Chester, Pa., last year’s Chopped Junior winner, jumped at the chance to return to compete with other past winners for $25,000 and the title of grand champion.

When host Ted Allen presented the ingredients for the appetizer round, Tavia was fortunate in that she had brought her frog leg cooking skills with her. The ingredients included mâche, snack mix, watermelon agua fresca, and frog legs. Her mother had taught her to soak frog legs in buttermilk in order to get rid of the fish smell, saying that the vinegar in buttermilk “removes that icky smell.”

Tavia used the snack mix in order to create a breading for the frog legs, rolling them in buttermilk, flour, and snack mix. The judges loved her frog leg dish, but they also loved her dessert, despite Tavia cooking her caramel for too long. Tavia was chosen as the winner of this round and will go on to compete for the grand prize.

Chopped Junior airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the Food Network.

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