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Seattle chef Kaleena Bliss wins 'Chopped: Casino Royale' on Food Network

Congrats are in order for Seattle chef Kaleena Bliss, who has just been crowned the winner of Food Network's "Chopped: Casino Royale" tournament.

Bliss is the executive chef at Thompson Seattle's Conversation Kitchen & Bar and their rooftop lounge The Nest. She competed against three chefs who won previous qualifier episodes for the $40,000 prize during the "Chopped" finale, which aired Tuesday, Feb. 1 — and came out victorious.

While there will certainly be more to come from Bliss in Seattle to commemorate her win, here are two ways you can celebrate this month at Thompson Seattle:

  • Two desserts items from her winning dishes from the show will be featured on the menu through February: Apple-ricotta donuts and dark chocolate custard.
  • In a collab/competition with her finale competitor Executive Chef Zoe Schor of Split-Rail in Chicago, each chef will feature a bagel breakfast sandwich (created by the other chef) on their menus through February. $1 from each sandwich will benefit a local mental health charity.

Abby Luschei is the assistant editor of Seattle Refined and can be reached at Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.