Atlanta Chef Ria Pell brings out the knives on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

“Chopped” is a competitive cooking show that “challenges chefs with baskets of ‘mystery ingredients’ over three rounds.”

“The first round was the quickest 20 minutes of my life!” says Pell in a prepared statement.

Pell traveled to New York City in February to film the show, described as a “grueling all-day ordeal.”

Pell is no stranger to appearing on TV to exhibit the cooking skills that’s she’s honed at Ria’s Bluebird and Sauced. She’s been on the Food Network’s “The Hungry Detective” and TLC’s “Best Food Ever” and has also been featured in national publications like the New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Elle, Southern Living and more.

And, oh yeah, she was voted Best Chef by GA Voice readers in 2011.

Photo: Chef Ria Pell with the famous ‘Chopped’ knife. (Publicity Photo)