GRCC professor Jenn Fillenworth’s Food Network television appearance caps a year of challenges and triumphs

Picture of Jenn sitting in a shopping cart smiling.

An adjunct instructor with Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will compete for $10,000 on the Food Network’s “Supermarket Stakeout” television show.

Jenn Fillenworth, who is a GRCC alumna as well as an instructor, will be one of four contestants in the Jan. 19 episode of the show, which requires chefs to stake out a grocery store parking lot and convince shoppers to sell them their purchases. The chefs then must create dishes based on different themes. They are given $500 to spend on all three rounds of the competition, and the winner receives $10,000.

The network first reached out to Fillenworth, a registered dietitian and personal chef, in 2019, but she was unable to compete because of a serious car accident.

“I put in a lot of work over the past year to get physically stronger to be able to do something this physical and demanding,” she said. “It has been such a long battle over the past year, and I’m beyond thankful for this opportunity and to represent Grand Rapids on national television!”

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