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Food Network’s Chopped All Stars: Chatting with Penny Davidi

Food Network’s Chopped All Stars: Chatting with Penny Davidi

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If you’ve been wondering what the stiletto-wearing Penny Davidi of Food Network Star fame has been up to, she’s got some news for you…

Set to appear on “Chopped All Stars“, a spinoff of the Food Network‘s popular show “Chopped”, Penny is one busy Persian mom.

She’ll be competing against her old rivals from Food Network Star season seven, finalists Justin Balmes, Vic “Vegas” Moea, and Chris Nirschel, airing on Sunday, April 22nd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Judges on Penny’s episode include: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, and Aarón Sanchez.

Chopped All Stars’ five themed episodes kicked off with Iron Chefs battling in the Chopped kitchen followed by competitions between Food Network/Cooking Channel show hosts, Food Network Star finalists and Chopped judges.

Sixteen kitchen masters in total, are competing for creative culinary victory and $50K for their charity.

Hosted by Ted Allen, four specially selected chefs are challenged to create three masterful courses from ingredients in the mystery basket, ranging from beef tendon and crawfish, to black beans with queso fresco and chicken feet.

A rotating roster of top-notch judges will decide who gets “chopped” each week, leading up to a final showdown between the four episode winners on Sunday, May 6th at 9pm ET/PT. 

Enjoy our chat with Penny who tells us she celebrated Norooz with a traditional feast of “fabulous smoked fish,” and ”fresh sabzi polo (Persian: rice with greens) loaded with garlic.”


What have you been up to since your appearance on Next Food Network Star?

Well I am on Chopped All Stars, working on a line  of Mediterranean frozen foods as well as a line for QVC [called] “Penny’s Succulent Skewers”, finishing my cookbook, and talking to different production companies for my own show.

What’s your current food obsession?

Red bell peppers, eggplant, and puff pastry.

How excited are you about being on Chopped All Stars?

Beyond words…Almost as excited as when I did Next Food Network Star. [It's] so exciting, creative, fun, and extremely challenging

Even though it’s hard, not knowing what the challenges entail ahead of time, how are you preparing for the competition?

There is no way you can prepare for this kitchen madness!

What is the one ingredient you really don’t want to have to work with?


Who do you hope will be on the judging panel for Chopped All Stars?

Scott Conant, Alex Gurnacchelli and Marcus Samuelson

What do you think is the best and worst thing about being on a show like Chopped All Stars?

No advance knowledge of ingredients is the best and worst thing.

Do you still cook in stilettos?

Actually that’s all I wear in the kitchen, my stilettos and nothing else! Just ask my husband.

Will we see you cooking in stilettos on Chopped All Stars?

They wouldn’t let me, concerned I may break my neck


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Next Foodnetwork Star: Penny Davidi Getting Spinoff Show?

Next Foodnetwork Star: Penny Davidi Getting Spinoff Show?

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Recently eliminated Next Foodnetwork Star, and self-proclaimed “Middle Eastern Momma”, Penny Davidi may have had a somewhat rocky time building relationships with a few of her cast mates, but this Persian girl definitely made a lasting impression on the judges with her cooking skills.

Cooking a variety of dishes from all over the Middle East, the core of Penny’s well-praised seasoning and point of view was quite Persian throughout her time on the show. Continue Reading

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Wellness Tips: Keeping Healthy During the Summer

Wellness Tips: Keeping Healthy During the Summer

The summer season is upon us.

The kids are out of school and families are planning for excursions that will take them on both long and short distance travel.

Whether traveling on a plane, ship, train, or a personal car we all do better with a planned itinerary; a road map if you will to keep us on schedule.

Why not plan a road map to also keep healthy and safe during the season? Continue Reading

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Wellness: Family Health Portrait

Wellness: Family Health Portrait

Although April was National Minority Health Month, health awareness should be an ongoing effort, and knowledge about the prevalence of a disease within a family structure is important to all of us, particularly to immigrant families because we are scattered across the globe with infrequent communication. For example, while a cousin is diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S., another is diagnosed with colon cancer in Iran, and a third with heart disease in Australia.

Developing a family health history and sharing it with one another is a great way of keeping everyone aware and healthy. We can all be on the lookout for early signs of a disease that runs in the family and take part in appropriate screenings. Continue Reading

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Eco-Friendly Art: Treeless Genius Pad

Eco-Friendly Art: Treeless Genius Pad

This year, UK-based industrial design team, Arash + Kelly are planning to take their environmental initiatives one step further by making their Genius Pads and sticky notes from non-Tree, waste pulp–collected from crop farms–turned into unbleached paper.

“We’re launching the first batch of treeless paper sticky notes with public collective investment,” the designers envision. “We believe that people would like to switch to treeless paper and by launching in this way, we can all send out a message to the stationery and paper industries, and a beacon of hope to our precious forests.”

You can be part of the treeless sticky note campaign by becoming collective investors in the production of Treeless Paper sticky notes.

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Iran: Zoo Kills 14 Lions Due to Illness

Iran: Zoo Kills 14 Lions Due to Illness

The Tehran Zoo recently laid to rest 14 lions at their facility, once learning that the lions had been diagnosed with an “infectious bacterial disease that could affect visitors”. Continue Reading

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