IUP Alumna is Winner on Food Network’s “Chopped”

Posted on 6/25/2014 4:19:35 PM

Chef Lindsay McClainIUP Academy of Culinary Arts alumna Lindsay McClain (Walsh) ’07 competed against three other professional chefs on the Food Network’s Chopped. She appeared on the episode “Swai Not?” which aired for the first time on June 24, 2014.

Lindsay was able to persevere through three rounds, winning the competition and taking home a $10,000 prize. The judges commented on how great she utilized her technical skills to plate beautiful dishes. 

Chopped pits four chefs against the clock and each other to make a dish, but the competitors do not know the ingredients they have available to use until they open up their mystery baskets. The dishes are judged, and one chef is eliminated at the end of each course. 

Currently the Chef de Cuisine at Jamonera in Philadelphia, one of Philadelphia Magazine’s top 50 restaurants in 2013, Lindsay graduated from the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts in 2007 and earned her Hospitality Management degree from IUP in 2009. 

Las Vegas has also been home base for Lindsay at two different times in her career. She was first employed by Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House inside the MGM Grand in 2007, where she completed a paid externship as part of the IUP Culinary Arts program. After graduating from the Academy of Culinary Arts, she returned to IUP to complete a bachelor of science in Hospitality Management.

Lindsay returned to Las Vegas for the second time in 2009 to work with some of the same chefs she met on her externship. In 2011, she moved to the Philadelphia area and began working as a chef for two of Philadelphia’s most prominent entrepreneurs, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, owners of Jamonera.

The episode “Swai Not?” Featuring Lindsay McClain (Walsh) will re-air on Thursday, July 3, at 8:00/7:00c and again on Sunday, July 6, at 7:00/6:00c.