NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Chef Silvia Baldini, founder of the New Canaan-based culinary group Strawberry and Sage, will be returning to compete on "Chopped Champion."
The episode will air on the Food Network on Tuesday, April 19, at 10 p.m.
Baldini won "Chopped" last year in an episode titled "Fake Cake, Real Stakes." She collected a $10,000 prize, which made her eligible for another appearance -- this time as one of 16 winning chefs vying for $50,000 in prize money.
On the April 19 show, Baldini will battle two other previous champions for a chance to make it to the finals and earn the Chopped Grand Champion title and $50,000.
In her round, Baldini will go up against Andre Fowles, who won the "Cooking Caribbean" episode; and Adam Sappington and Jackie Sappington, winners of the "Double Trouble" episode.
There will be four preliminary episodes that will determine who gets a spot in the finale. One chef from among the four finalists will be named the winner.
Baldini is the first woman chef in Connecticut to bring home a victory on the Food Network's "Chopped." After enduring 12 hours of competition, her dessert won.
She made sweet canederli, which is a type of bread dumpling that is served in Northeast Italy as a first course or dessert. The dumplings are made of simple, inexpensive ingredients, including stale bread moistened with milk or cheese bound with eggs and a small amount of flour.
Sweet canederi exemplifies Baldini’s signature “chic and simple comfort” cuisine, a style rooted in making beautiful food to share with loved ones.
The victory was important to Baldini, who left a successful career in advertising to become a chef. She planned to use her $10,000 in winnings to create an educational food program that teaches people to cook and share food based on her philosophy that we enjoy food more when we are well-versed in its origins, culinary history and traditions.