For those of you who DVRed Tucson teen Henry Savin’s appearance on “Chopped Junior” and haven’t watched yet, this story’s full of spoilers. So unless you want to know how it all ended, grab the sports section and move on.
If you did watch, then you already know some kid from somewhere else ended up taking home the $10,000 prize. But ya know what? Henry’s OK with that.
Savin — 13 and an eighth-grader at Green Fields Country Day School — loves to cook and adores Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” show, which features kid chefs creating lip-smacking dishes out of decidedly difficult ingredients. He applied for and was chosen to be one of four contestants on the show. Filming took place in New York this past October, and he and his family were pinky-sworn to secrecy until the show finally aired Wednesday night.
“I was worried he was going to be sad,” his mom, Meredith, said after the judges “chopped” him during the second round when the kids had to prepare steelhead trout. “He said, ‘It’s all good. I’m glad I had the chance.’ It’s an honor to be nominated, right? He was just happy to be in New York and see how you film a show.”
Meredith, Green Fields’ director of student services and a former chef, said more than 100 people gathered Wednesday night at Fox & Hound, where big-screen TVs broadcast Henry’s cable cooking debut.
“People were cheering and booing,” she said. “It was insane. It was really great.”
Henry’s turn on “Chopped Junior” has been the hot topic on campus for the past few days, Meredith said. But now it’s back to reality, which for Henry is rehearsing “Beauty School Dropout” for the school’s production of “Grease,” and doing homework.
“It’s mid-semester,” Meredith said. “We are buckling down on the work. It still has to be done.”