Footers catering chef, Heather Carr, declares victory on TV
Denver-based sous chef appears on the Food Network and takes game show prize
Thanks to iron-clad nondisclosure agreements and months between taping and airing television spots, the Footers Catering team still didn't know they were in the presence of a winner on the evening the Food Network aired its episode of Chopped on which Heather Carr was declared the winner.
Footers' 25-year-old executive sous chef with a sleeve of tattoos featuring vegetables appeared on the popular reality culinary show in late March.
"I was surprised watching it how much I didn't remember doing," Carr says of re-watching her win. "The camera lights were hot and I was in the zone."
She recalls concentrating on the individual plates, rather than the competition.
However, "I was hard on myself each round," she says.
The New Hampshire native began cooking in college and has been cooking professionally for six years, attending Johnson & Wales in Denver before a brief stint in Los Angeles.
Carr discovered Footers from her experience with Catersource. Desiring to move back to Denver, she set her sights on the local catering company and winning an ICAER scholarship. She was mentored by Keith Lord, executive chef of Wild Thyme in San Diego, and this year's winner of the ICA's Chef of the Year Award at the ICA CATIE Awards. Less than a year thereafter, Carr and Lord presented together at the Art of Catering Food in Washington, D.C. on upcycling and the ability to use discarded food to create a meal.
"I want to mentor others and teach them all the things I wish I had learned when I began," Carr says.
Her mantra: "I try to find success and meaning in what I'm doing now instead of thinking it will be bad or good for my career. I won't let anything stop me."