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Chef Alison Milwe Grace appears on Food Network's "Kitchen Casino"

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Westport, CT | Added on April 25, 2014 At 08:48 PM

Mother of three, small biz owner and culinary teacher at Westport high school.  Now, Chef Grace adding Food Network celeb to her list of achievements. 

"It was kind of exactly what I needed in my middle forties, mother of three," said Grace.

From starting as a cheese monger at a local Westport market to becoming an executive chef, Chef Grace never thinking the food network would come knocking on her door. 

"Kind of a generic email.  Dear AMG Catering, we are doing a cooking show, would you be interested, blah blah blah,” she described.

Tons of skype interviews and emails following. All leading up to an appearance on the network’s newest show “Kitchen Casino”.

"They would start to reveal a few things.  Like the name or the judges or you will be competing against three other people.  So, slowly and surely they start to reveal little things - but not much," Grace said.

The show pitted Chef Grace against three others chefs in a casino style kitchen. Spinning the table like a roulette wheel, each cook adding finishing touches to someone else’s dish. 

“I just did what I do, which is cook.  I was just so in the moment for the entire 14 hours of filming.  I was just in it and I was exhausted and I was emotional," she said.

 Finishing in the bottom two –and losing by one just one point, Grace tells others to dream big snd describes the day as one of the most validating in her career.

"No matter how many times I thought I was going to fail, I just kept going. And doing this show and being able to compete against these chefs, made me realize no matter how I'm trained- I'm trained," she said.

Today  - you can find Chef Grace sharing that same foodie passion at her own company –AMG Catering in Wilton.

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