I am a huge fan of cooking shows, and with the amazing caliber of dining here in Maine, I'm seeing more of our local chefs on television cooking competitions. According to the Portland Press Herald, a young, talented Mainer will be competing on Chopped Junior tonight. Tune in to the Food Network at 8 o'clock to cheer on Emily McKool, who attends Frank H. Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth. Emily's last name is all swag, so I'm expecting big things from her! The lucky young chef gets to meet two of my cooking heros, Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian who will be joined by actor J.B. Smoove.

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