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For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU. Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

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

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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 joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.