Chef Saba Wahid Duffy Places Second on Food Network’s "Ciao House" Series

Chef Saba Wahid Duffy Places Second on Food Network’s "Ciao House" Series

Saba Wahid Duffy, the 2020 “Chopped” Grand Champion, placed second on the first season of Food Network’s competition show, “Ciao House,” a competition based on mastery of Italian cuisine. The series premiered on April 16 and aired eight episodes, finishing on June 4. It has been described as Food Network’s equivalent of “Big Brother”:

“In Tuscany, the epicenter of Italian culture and cuisine, hosts and judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Gabe Bertaccini welcome 10 talented chefs to live and cook together in a breathtaking villa, where they will be tested like never before on their mastery of Italian cuisine. The competitors will have to navigate alliances and rivalries, proving they have what it takes to be the last chef standing and win a life-changing prize — an immersive culinary education with renowned master chefs across Italy” (Food Network).

Wahid Duffy describes herself as “rooted in her Pakistani ethnic origin balanced with her American born and raised attitude.” She is trained in Middle Eastern cuisine and has experience in media and TV hosting as well. She called her time on the show a remarkable experience, saying on Instagram, “Participating in a nationally televised cooking competition is a dream come true for the most part but with that also comes the negative side and that includes exposing yourself. You’re making yourself vulnerable to the world and allowing all the content that was filmed on set to be edited in any way that makes for good entertainment… #CiaoHouse has really been a remarkable experience for me and I’m so glad to have met the people that I’ve met and so glad to have done the things that I’ve done.”

Wahid Duffy also congratulated her fellow contestant Natalia Boa for winning first place in an Instagram post marking the end of the competition: “Nobody wants to come in second place, I’m just glad I lost to a creative and talented competitor like her. Cooking under those circumstances was incredibly stressful and challenging. We all did our best.”

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