Chef Sémone’s love of cooking began when she was just a child, and it has continued to grow since. With not just one, but TWO culinary degrees, she really knows her way around a professional kitchen. She sees each and every meal as an opportunity to show love towards the people she’s cooking for. Her passion for both cooking and baking is what sets her apart from the rest. With her out-of-the-box thinking and unique flavor combinations, this chef is looking forward to opening her own brick-and-mortar storefront so that she can share her culinary skills with the world.
"All my life people have doubted my dreams,” Hopkins said. “With $50,000 I can further my passion of pursuing savory and sweet cuisine. Thank you to everyone who made me the Favorite Chef. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you!"
Favorite Chef is also proud to make a donation in the amount of $1,152,688.81 to Feeding America®! For more than 40 years, the foundation has provided nourishing food to people who are facing food insecurity while actively working to end the cycle of poverty and hunger. Each dollar helps provide at least 10 meals secured on behalf of local food banks, and with this contribution they will have the ability to provide an estimated 11.5 million meals to communities in need.
We would like to thank everyone for supporting this year's competition! Be on the lookout for Chef Sémone and our three other finalists in Favorite Chef's upcoming advertorial in Bon Appétit!