Jasmine Norton never thought that she would be a chef—let alone one with the potential of being a household name.
“I never thought it would be me,” she said. “There are so many chefs that have come before me and are classically trained. I never thought that three years in the industry that we would ever come across their radar.”
“One of the producers discovered us on Instagram and called the restaurant last August to discuss me potentially going on the show,” Norton explained.
Norton, a self-taught chef, has been in the food industry a fairly short amount of time, three years.
“I learned how to cook from the women in my family as well as from working in hotels as a sales manager in audio visual and working closely with chefs,” she said.
She started off with a mobile concept in 2017 and became a fixture on the farmer’s market and festival scenes. Her current brick and mortar restaurant in McHenry Row opened April 2019.
Hosted by food personality Guy Fieri, Guy’s Grocery Games pits four chefs against one another during three elimination cooking challenges.
The chef who makes it through all three challenges gets to race through a grocery store collecting items from a shopping list for a chance at $20,000.
Norton’s episode was filmed February in Northern California.
“He was very personable and encouraging,” Norton said of host, Fieri. “The entire staff was amazing. It was nothing I ever imagined.”
Norton said that she did her best to represent Baltimore to the best of her ability.
“It was important that I highlight Baltimore,” she said. “It’s not often that we get the exposure and spotlight of positivity. Every chance I got, I was mentioning Baltimore and my love for my city and all the great things that we have going on.”
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