Meet Tuscaloosa's Fuller Goldsmith

Tonight there will be a viewing party at Southern Ale House starting at 7 PM


By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer

Anyone who’s ever stared down an almost-empty pantry, dreaming of whipping up something tasty for a hungry family, understands the challenges and pressures behind the Food Network’s “Chopped” competition.

In the reality game show, four contestants open mystery baskets of ingredients, and within set time limits must prepare, in order, an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. A panel judges the creations on presentation, taste and creativity, then decides which of the contestants gets chopped, cut from the competition. The last chef standing wins $10,000. A hit since its 2007 debut, it’s spawned a competition for 9- to 15-year-olds, “Chopped Junior,” following the same format, though with a little more time allotted for the first round.

But even for $10,000, who’d want that kind of headache? What kid would dare take that on?

Tuscaloosans may already know the answer: Fuller Goldsmith, the 13-year-old Tuscaloosa Academy student who devours Food Network shows about as often and happily as he does his own creations, which he whips up on a regular basis for his family: dad Scott, mom Melissa and 17-year-old soccer star sister LeLe. Those outside the immediate family might have been lucky enough to catch his work as guest chef at local establishments such as The Southern Ale House, which will host a Tuesday watch-party of Fuller’s “Chopped Junior” episode, or Urban Cookhouse, which boasted the young culinarian as guest star of its grand opening January.

Photo courtesy of Tuscaloosa News

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