Santa Fe chef wins big on popular cooking show

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Santa Fe chef is likely still celebrating a big win on the national stage in a high pressure cooking show.

Chef Fernando Ruiz competed on the Food Network’s cooking competition “Chopped” which aired Tuesday night.

Ruiz says he grew up selling drugs and went to jail when he was younger before finding his calling as a chef. He faced four other chefs during the competition.

On the show, chefs are given a basket of ingredients to make a meal. It’s three rounds — appetizer, entree and dessert.

Fernando walked away with a $10,000 prize. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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