Atlanta chef named champion on Food Network's 'Chopped'

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Chef Suzanne Vizethann (Courtesy The Hungry Peach)

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta chef Suzanne Vizethann tested her chops on the Food Network, and she won!

The judges said Vizethann's flavors were the most successful. She joins a list of local chefs who have competed on "Chopped" including Tom McEachern, corporate executive chef at Ray's on the River, and Jeffrey "Cheffrey" Gardner, South City Kitchen Midtown sous chef.

"I'm extremely competitive so I absolutely loved that aspect of the show," said Vizethann, a personal chef and co-creator of The Hungry Peach. 

The show pits chefs against each other in the kitchen by giving them several ingredients they have to incorporate into one dish.

"I am really grateful for the show and proud of winning!" said Vizethann. "My plan was to stay focused and implement all of the basket ingredients. A lot of competitors lost site of the challenge by using too many other ingredients and not focusing enough on the ones that were selected for you."

An Atlanta native, Vizethann has worked under recent "Top Chef" winner Richard Blais when he worked at Concentric's ONE.midtown kitchen, and chef Eli Kirshtein, before starting her own business in 2008.

The Hungry Peach, which she founded with friend Conor Hubbard, is a gourmet boxed lunch and carryout catering company. The Hungry Peach also operates its private café, The Hungry Peach Café, in the Atlanta Decorators Arts Center in Peachtree Hills.  

(The Atlanta Business Chronicle contributed to this report.)

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