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Cincy’s ‘Chopped’ Champ Returns For ‘Chopped: Impossible' Contest

Food Network

Can he do it again?

Great American Ball Park executive chef James Major, who won a special “Chopped” competition for baseball park chefs last year, appears on the Food Network’s “Chopped: Impossible” at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Major, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, is competing against 11 other “Chopped” champs in the four-part tournament, says Michael Anderson, Reds public relations manager.

The winner receives $15,000 and a face-off with Robert Irvine, the “Restaurant: Impossible” star and “Chopped: Impossible” judge.

Last October, Major won the show’s “Big Hitters” episode with four executive chefs from Delaware North Companies Sportservice working at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington and GABP.

Major’s Food Network bio says he started as a dishwasher at age 14 and “cooked with the navy.” He “ran a jazz club for a time and worked in restaurants” before coming to Cincinnati. The bio also says he “serves 40,000 per game” at GABP, which certainly wasn’t the case this year! It does not mention that Major participated in a healthy food symposium at the White House in 2011.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.