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Local 10-year-old competes on Food Network's "Chopped Junior"

Posted at 10:42 AM, Oct 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-29 13:42:57-04

Ocean beach elementary school student Ashley Carter is counting down the day that she makes her debut on the popular Food Network.  

Her talents in the kitchen caught the attention of producers from Chopped Junior.

10-year old Carter knows more about cooking than a lot of adults. 

"They're nice and sizzling and they're going to get nice and crisp and they're just so good,” described Ashley as she cooked up some scallops. 

Ashley has tried a lot of things than most kids her age.  In a home video she recorded for her audition, she described several items in her refrigerator. 

"Capers, they're little salty little things,” said Carter.  “Kombucha, fermented mushrooms!”

Carter started cooking on her own two years ago, but she's been helping out in the kitchen much younger.

"I was looking at some old pictures.  I see me and there's this big pan and there's bread slices and I was putting cheese on the bread slices,” said Carter.

The master-chef-in-training will appear on a November 1st episode of Chopped Junior.

“I was thrilled!” said Carter.  “There's four rounds and you get mandatory mystery ingredients for each round - there's an appetizer, entree and a dessert round. You got to think on your feet."

She can't make or reveal what she made for that episode until it airs.  So, instead she whipped a special dish for 10News.

“We got our delicious little Shrimpies.  They're already deveined.  All we have to do is pull off their shell,” described Carter.  “We got some nice rigatoni

It didn't take long to realize, this 10 year old knows her way around the kitchen.

“Right now we're going to make our pesto,” said Carter. 

Instead of pine nuts, she used walnuts.  She also added garlic and lemon.

“Now I shall taste it,” said Carter.  “Oh man that's good.”

Carter says she cooks for the family, but not everyday. 

“A lot of times I have homework school stuff you know.  And life is busy."

If she's not in the kitchen, this fifth grader is out doing yoga, or boogie boarding, or practicing martial arts. 

There are two ways to watch Carter under pressure in the kitchen.   Tune into the Food Network's Chopped Junior, Tuesday, November 1st at 8pm on cable TV.

Or, you can join more than a hundred people already confirmed for a viewing party  at Raglan Public House on Bacon Street in Ocean Beach.  The restaurant has agreed to air the show via satellite at 5pm and host the event as a fundraiser.  A percentage of the proceeds will be given back to two schools in Ocean Beach.    

Ocean beach elementary school student Ashley Carter is counting down the day that she makes her debut on the popular Food Network.  

Her talents in the kitchen caught the attention of producers from Chopped Junior.

10-year old Carter knows more about cooking than a lot of adults. 

"They're nice and sizzling and they're going to get nice and crisp and they're just so good,” described Ashley as she cooked up some scallops. 

Ashley has tried a lot of things than most kids her age.  In a home video she recorded for her audition, she described several items in her refrigerator. 

"Capers, they're little salty little things,” said Carter.  “Kombucha, fermented mushrooms!”

Carter started cooking on her own two years ago, but she's been helping out in the kitchen much younger.

"I was looking at some old pictures.  I see me and there's this big pan and there's bread slices and I was putting cheese on the bread slices,” said Carter.

The master-chef-in-training will appear on a November 1st episode of Chopped Junior.

“I was thrilled!” said Carter.  “There's four rounds and you get mandatory mystery ingredients for each round - there's an appetizer, entree and a dessert round. You got to think on your feet."

She can't make or reveal what she made for that episode until it airs.  So, instead she whipped a special dish for 10News.

“We got our delicious little Shrimpies.  They're already deveined.  All we have to do is pull off their shell,” described Carter.  “We got some nice rigatoni

It didn't take long to realize, this 10 year old knows her way around the kitchen.

“Right now we're going to make our pesto,” said Carter. 

Instead of pine nuts, she used walnuts.  She also added garlic and lemon.

“Now I shall taste it,” said Carter.  “Oh man that's good.”

Carter says she cooks for the family, but not everyday. 

“A lot of times I have homework school stuff you know.  And life is busy."

If she's not in the kitchen, this fifth grader is out doing yoga, or boogie boarding, or practicing martial arts. 

There are two ways to watch Carter under pressure in the kitchen.   Tune into the Food Network's Chopped Junior, Tuesday, November 1st at 8pm on cable TV.

Or, you can join more than a hundred people already confirmed for a viewing party at Raglan Public House on Bacon Street in Ocean Beach.  The restaurant has agreed to air the show LIVE via satellite at 5pm and host the event as a fundraiser.  A percentage of the proceeds will be given back to two schools in Ocean Beach.