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News - July 19, 2019

Around Town

AVOIDING THE CHOP ... Charlotte Barclay, 11, of Palo Alto, entered the Food Network's "Chopped Junior" ring to compete against three of her peers and came out on top. The Duveneck Elementary School student was featured in a July 9 episode. For round one, the young chefs were challenged to create an appetizer that incorporated calamari, heirloom tomatoes, crumbled bacon and pickle-flavored cotton candy. Charlotte presented fried calamari with a tomato and bacon salad that came with a pickle reduction. She advanced to the second round, which had an even odder assortment of items: goat chops, lima beans, beet horseradish and a jar of Oreos. The 11-year-old served up a pan-seared goat chop with a warm lima bean salad. The dish was enough for her to proceed to the final challenge: a dessert comprised of Greek yogurt, blackberries, strawberry corn puffs and durian soda. Charlotte's mixed berry and durian tart with Greek yogurt ice cream won over the judging panel that picked her as the winner, a title that comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

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