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Tucson woman wins $250k kitchen makeover from Food Network
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Tucson woman wins $250k kitchen makeover from Food Network

Food Network recruited designer Shea McGee and chef and restaurateur Scott Conant to build Tucsonan Karen Carter's ultimate chef’s kitchen.

A Tucson woman is getting her fantasy kitchen and it won't cost her a dime.

Karen Carter of Tucson will get a custom-made designer kitchen courtesy the Food Network as the winner of the network's inaugural Food Network Fantasy Kitchen Giveaway.

In a written statement Carter admitted she at first thought someone was pranking her. But when the reality set in, so did her imagination, starting with what she views as her favorite kitchen amenity — huge island.

Wondering just how hard it would be to win? Pretty hard when you consider that nearly 25 million people entered the contest and the winner was randomly drawn.

The kitchen is being drawn up by celebrity designers Shea McGee and chef and restaurateur Scott Conant, whose ultimate chef's kitchen features high-end appliances including a 60-inch range, double dishwashers, refrigerated drawers, custom built-in pizza oven, stove-top pot filler and wine fridge, installed in a setting with tumbled painted brick, mixed metals, open shelving and a high-contrast palette, according to a Food Network news release.

Food Network offiicals said they were pretty surprised by the response of the inaugural dream kitchen giveway. They already are planning the 2019 followup.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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