Brianna Smith-Herman —
Memphis Chef Krissie Scott – known to most as “The Cooking Nurse” – will be introduced to a panel of three judges as a contestant on “Chopped,” the Food Network’s hit reality TV series, on Tuesday.
A professionally-trained chef with 30-plus years of cooking experience, Scott splits time between nursing and cooking, her dual passions. She works part time as a nursing supervisor in a care facility and is dedicated to her cooking business, Elite Dinner Parties.
“Thank you, nurses!” is the theme of the episode.
“I jumped at the chance of being on the show,” Scott said. “I most definitely fit the category. I said to myself. ‘I am a nurse and I am a professional chef. … This experience was a dream come true!”
Scott will compete against three other chefs. The four chefs will display their culinary skills as they face off against one another to prepare a spectacular three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert.
In each round, they have to use all the ingredients the show provides. At the end of each course, the judges “chop” the chef who fails to measure up in terms of taste, presentation and creativity. The last chef standing takes home bragging rights and the $10,000 prize.
“I hope that when people see me on television that they see my heart and how passionate I am about cooking,” she said. “I hope I make Memphis and women all over proud!”
Scott holds an AAS Degree in Culinary & Restaurant Management from L’Ecole Culinaire, a nursing diploma from NWCC and she is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
With both professions requiring studies in nutrition, she understands the importance of dietary values and preferences of each client.
“Working as a Nurse and Chef with a moral compass in holistic care go hand in hand,” she said. “Proper and adequate nutrition play a key role in how the foods we eat are medicine and therapy for our body and soul.”
In January of 2020, she launched a successful personal chef business called Elite Dinner Parties.
“COVID put me in demand!” she said. “My personal chef services offer private dining in the comfort of your own home, with impressive service and delicious food, just as you would expect in an upscale restaurant.”
Discerning clients trust “The Cooking Nurse” – for the best quality food, prepared with the highest degree of passion, knowledge and love for cooking!
(Check out Chef Krissie Scott on ‘Chopped’, Season 49, Episode 7. Cooked with Care! airs at 8 p.m. CST Tuesday, March 9.)