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Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Won By Alexandria Chef

Chris Edwards competed to win in an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” that aired on Sept. 29. He is the head chef of Alexandria restaurant Hank & Mitzi’s Italian Kitchen. Edwards competed alongside another Alexandria chef — Mimi Huynh, the chef and owner of Sunday in Saigon, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in Old Town. Edwards impressed the judges by making smoked paprika rubbed swordfish with charred eggplant and peppers in escabeche.
Chris Edwards, head chef of Hank & Mitzi's Italian Kitchen, smiles inside of his Alexandria restaurant
According to, "Chopped” is a popular cooking show competition hosted by TV personality Ted Allen, where four chefs compete to win $10,000. Chefs face off in three rounds — appetizer, entrée, and dessert. At the beginning of each round, the chefs are given a basket filled with “mystery ingredients” that they must use to create their dish. Their creations are then critiqued by a panel of judges." As per, "Edwards has worked at several restaurants in Virginia, namely Patowmack Farm in Loudoun County where he earned his first chef position in 2008. He then moved to work at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia, where he met Leeds. Together, they opened the Hank’s Oyster Bar location on the D.C. Wharf. Edwards and Leeds created Hank & Mitzi’s Kitchen in late 2019. The restaurant is an expansion of Hank’s Pasta Bar, which served Alexandria for three years before closing in November 2019 for renovations."

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