JJC Chef Wins Food Network Challenge

Chlebana’s behind-the-scenes photos >>

Joliet Junior College Chef Andy Chlebana won the Food Network Challenge that aired Sunday, April 24.

In the show, Chlebana competed against two other chefs to successfully create a dress made of sugar. Chlebana, of Plainfield, was joined by his lab assistant and 2009 JJC alumna Heather Schreiner of Minooka, who flew with him to Denver in November 2010 to tape the show.

But creating the dress wasn’t the only challenge–they had to transport the piece–made of hundreds of delicate, multi-colored petals–four miles from where they built it to display in a storefront window.

In addition to bragging rights, Chlebana, a JJC alumnus, also gets $10,000 for winning the contest, which he said he’ll use to take his family to Disney World.

“I’ve never heard them scream so loud,” Chlebana told the Channahon-Minooka Patch as he watched the show Sunday night with his wife Heather and twin daughters Abigail and Annabel, 8, and sons Andy, 7, and Adler, 3.

Chlebana was chosen by Food Network producers after sending in a video application that addressed why he should be featured on the show.

Watch Chlebana’s Food Network application video

In 2008, Chlebana was honored by the American Culinary Federation as its National Pastry Chef of the Year.

Congratulations Chef Chlebana!

Read the Channahon-Minooka Patch’s play-by-play of the competition

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