Neapolitan chef wins ‘Chopped’ competition and brings culinary magic to local restaurant

A Neapolitan chef is the recent winner of the TV competition show “Chopped.” She now creates culinary creations along Vanderbilt Beach. From cooking family dinners as a child to opening restaurants in Naples, Kayla Pfeiffer said she has one of the best menus in town. From local red snapper ceviche to alligator hearts, Chef Kayla has it all. Recently, she has taken center stage nationally. “Twenty-seven cameras are watching you, so you really have to be on,” she told ABC7. She put her skills to work on the chopping block and came away a winner. “The first woman in Florida to win Chopped is incredible,” said Louis Mele, owner of Bicyclette Cookshop restaurant. Pfeiffer got the call to go on Chopped earlier this year. The cameras followed her every move for two days. “The first day is a little shorter, but the actual cooking competition lasts about 16 hours a day,” she said. His first challenge was to prepare a dish from alligator hearts. She said they were quite delicious. “I quickly fried them,” she said in thought. She moved on to the next challenge, which she said was the hardest. “The second round was squab, so it was a little different and that came with a funfetti cake,” she said. Pairing the little bird with a sweet cake wasn’t a breeze . “And then the last round was a croquembouche, which is a French pastry that they make for the holidays,” she said. “I liked a monkey bread with licorice root and kumquats.” She has won it all! Sometimes it’s best to just learn when it comes to ingredients. “Whether it’s as simple as possible or adding very little, that’s how you can bring out the true flavors and win this competition,” she said. “Artisan dishes on Chopped to the Bicyclette Cookshop, Pfeiffer has worked hard to craft a menu of experiences for you to enjoy. she declared. Louis Mele, owner of Bicyclette Cookshop, met Pfeiffer just before his appearance on Chopped. “It means having one of the best restaurants in town. I mean, it’s been really exciting since we opened,” Mele said. Mele said he knew she was talented since he first met her, so he decided to give her a unique opportunity. He gave her a blank menu, sort of like a canvas. “I said, ‘You know, I’ll give you a palette, go paint,’ and here’s his paint,” he said. Each plate, a work of art. “Smaller, internationally inspired plates and that’s really how I like to go out and eat,” Pfeiffer said. “I want to have a bunch of things and share them at the table with who I am.” She said it was a childhood dream come true. Everything on the menu is inspired by memories or travels. “Growing up and cooking family meals for you know, with my big family, and then you know, progressing in a career,” she said. You can be sure, everything on this menu is delicious! But there is one thing she is looking for. Alexia Tsiropoulos: “Are there alligator hearts on this menu? »Kayla Pfeiffer: “They are hard to find. I tell you I wish I could find them, but no, being in Florida you would think that would be the easiest place to find them, other than alligator heart. No, no luck yet.”

A Neapolitan chef is the recent winner of TV’s “Chopped” competition, and she’s now creating culinary creations along Vanderbilt Beach.

From cooking family dinners as a child to opening restaurants in Naples, Kayla Pfeiffer said she has one of the best menus in town.

From local red snapper ceviche to alligator hearts, Chef Kayla has it all. Recently, she took the national spotlight!

“Twenty-seven cameras are watching you, so you really have to be on,” she told ABC7.

She put her skills to work and came away a winner.

“The first woman from Florida to win Chopped is incredible,” said Louis Mele, owner of Bicyclette Cookshop restaurant.

Pfeiffer got the call to go on Chopped earlier this year. The cameras followed her every move – and in sections, for two days.

“The first day is a little shorter, but the actual cooking competition lasts about 16 hours a day,” she explained.

His first challenge was to prepare a dish with alligator hearts. She said they were really delicious.

“I quickly fried them,” she said in thought.

She moved on to the next challenge, which she said was the hardest.

“The second round was squab so it was a little different and it came with funfetti cake,” she said.

Pairing the little bird with a sweet cake wasn’t child’s play.

“And then the last round was a croquembouche, which is a French pastry that they make for the holidays,” she said. “I liked a monkey bread with licorice root and kumquats.”

She won everything! Sometimes learning simply is best when it comes to ingredients.

“Whether it’s as simple as possible or adding very little, that’s how you can bring out the real flavors and win this competition,” she said.

Now, from these artisanal dishes on Chopped to cooking at Bicyclette Cookshop, Pfeiffer has worked hard to craft a menu of experiences for you to enjoy.

“It takes very comforting, normal ingredients and just adding that little unique twist to it, elevating it slightly to where people can still understand it, but blow them away with the flavors,” she said.

Bicyclette Cookshop owner Louis Mele met Pfeiffer just before her appearance on Chopped.

“That means having one of the best restaurants in town. I mean, it’s been really exciting since we opened,” Mele said.

Mele said he knew she had talent since he first met her, so he decided to give her a unique opportunity. He gave her a blank menu, sort of like a canvas.

“I said, ‘You know, I’ll give you a palette, go paint,’ and here’s his paint,” he said.

Each plate, a work of art.

“Smaller, internationally inspired plates and that’s really how I like to go out and eat,” Pfeiffer said. “I want to collect a bunch of things and share them at the table with who I am.”

She said it was a childhood dream come true. Everything on the menu is inspired by memories or travels.

“Growing up and cooking family meals for you know, with my big family, and then you know, progressing in a career,” she said.

Rest assured, everything on this menu is delicious!

But there is one thing she is looking for.

Alexia Tsiropoulos: “Are there alligator hearts on this menu?”

Kayla Pfeiffer: “They’re hard to find. I tell you I wish I could find them, but no, being in Florida, you’d think that would be the easiest place to find them, other than alligator heart. No, no luck so far.”

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