Winner will be featured on the cover of Taste of Home magazine, cook with Carla Hall, and take home $25,000!

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Mackenzie Bentley

Cooking for Kids with autism, learning disabilities, sensory, textural disorders at Trinity School, it’s marked me


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You decide who will be the next Favorite Chef

Voting for the TOP 5 ends Thursday the 20th of June at 7PM PDT

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Who or what inspires you to cook?


What's your all time favorite dish to make?

I love improvising with the ingredients I have in my kitchen and creating flavorful small plates with a lot of layers using spices, herbs, acid, and crunch

What would you do with the $25,000?

With gratitude put it towards my new home, art supplies, and towards the meal prep business I am trying to start, Breaking Bread

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