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Oriole Park chef competes on 'Chopped'

Distenfeld, Executive Chef at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles, competes on "Chopped" against three other ballpark chefs.
Distenfeld, Executive Chef at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles, competes on "Chopped" against three other ballpark chefs. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Let's see if the Oriole Park chef can sweep his competition right out of Ted Allen's TV kitchen. Oriole Park executive chef John Distenfeld is competing on Wednesday night's special ballpark edition of "Chopped."

Distenfeld's competitors on the taped episode are executive chefs from three other major league stadiums -- Jessica Helms, executive chef at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals; James Majors, executive chef at Great American Ball Park for the Cincinnati Reds; and Cristobal Vazquez, executive chef at Globe Life Park for the Texas Rangers.

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All four stadium properties have the same concessionaire -- the Buffalo, N.Y.-based food and retail management company Delaware North Companies Sportservice.

The Orioles have swept their way into the American League Championship Series, which begins Friday at Oriole Park.

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The Cards resume play in their division series with the Dodgers on Monday night. The Reds and the Rangers did not make it into the postseason this year.

"Big Hitters," the "Chopped" episode featuring the ballpark chefs, airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the Food Network.

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