Last Tuesday, 14-year-old Olivia Neumark competed for a chance to win $25,000 on episode 4 of Food Network's Chopped Teen Tournament, reports the Rainier Valley Post. Neumark, who lives in Seward Park and goes to Garfield High, was one of 16 teen chefs chosen from thousands of applicants to appear on the show on the basis of her video story.
Per Rainier Valley Post: "Healthy cooking has always been the heart of Olivia's creations, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6.
"Healthy cooking has always been the heart of Olivia's creations, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6," reports the Rainier Valley Post.
"'At a very young age I was forced to become aware of every morsel of food I put into my body, and the possible effect on my blood sugar levels,' said Neumark. 'It was challenging at first since I was quite young, but over time it has taught me to think carefully about the foods I eat and cook in order to give my body what it needs.'"
Neumark worked hard but after the main dish round, she was unfortunately chopped. The finale episode for the Chopped Teen Tournament is tomorrow evening on the Food Network. The four teen chefs who won each round to this point will compete for the title and cash prize. See the Food Network site for more details.