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Poland mom part of ‘Favorite Chef’ contest

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Julie Paine started cooking to help her daughter Emma, who has autism

A contestant in the Favorite Chef contest.

Editor’s note: The company running the contest is not affiliated with Bon Appetit magazine. Favorite Chef purchased a paid ad in the magazine that intends to spotlight the winner of the contest they were conducting. Neither the contest or the feature are BA edit-endorsed, and the magazine has asked them to clarify the terms of the competition. The story below has been corrected.

POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Poland woman joins another Valley chef for a spot in the Favorite Chef Contest.

Julie Paine is a stay-at-home mom with two young girls. She says she is one of 15 people selected to compete as amateurs in the contest.

Paine’s signature dish is classic, cheesy, noodley lasagna, but her personal favorite is a red pepper and almond crusted pork chop with a side of bacon-wrapped pineapple.

Paine started cooking to help her daughter Emma, who has autism.

“I just started cooking with my daughter over the last three years. She loves colors, and she loves textures. She loves to feel things with her mouth,” Paine said.

If Paine wins the $20,000 dollar prize, she plans to open a sensory-friendly kitchen to help families living with autism.

Mark Canzonetta, the chef at Bistro 1907 in downtown Youngstown, is also in the contest.

Votes are being taken for both contestants at the following links:

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