Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – Last night, SUSHISAMBA® Miami Beach Sous Chef, Cara Thompson, took home the grand prize on Chopped, the Food Network’s popular reality based cooking show in which four chefs compete against each other, taking a mystery basket of ingredients and turning them into dishes that are judged on their creativity, presentation, and taste. Judges, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Alex Guarnaschelli proclaimed Thompson the winner of last night’s episode titled “Redemption Intention,” and awarded her the grand prize of $10,000.

One of four runners-up from past Chopped episodes, Thompson returned to redeem herself from previous defeat, this time, emerging victorious. The episode’s mystery ingredients included Sea Cucumber, Duck Tongue, Pork Shoulder and Mamaye Fruit and to celebrate the airing of last night’s episode, SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach hosted a screening and offered a special menu, inspired by the ingredients Thompson worked with on the show. Dishes included Kuromitsu Chicken – enoki mushroom, pickled sea cucumber, soy paper; Pork Terrine – Peruvian corn, sriracha gel, smoked pineapple sea salt, chicharones; and Mamaye Sorbet – peanut crumble, anise catupiry crema, sugared squash blossoms.

For more information on the show, visit www.foodnetwork.com/chopped.

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SUSHISAMBA restaurants are operated by Samba Brands Management, which was founded by Shimon Bokovza, Matthew Johnson and Danielle Billera. SUSHISAMBA has sites in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and London as well as SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Miami and Duck & Waffle in London. With over 13 years of experience, the company continues to expand their cutting-edge concepts. Their projects are unpredictable, their venues are impressive, and their visions set trends in the industry for years. For more information visit www.sambabrandsmanagement.com