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A top chef in Naples makes her Food Network debut on ‘Chopped’ Jan. 9

Diana Biederman | Naples Daily News

Alligator hearts and marshmallow?

Combining those two ingredients, plus crackers and snap peas, into a palatable appetizer might stress the most accomplished chefs.

But most aren’t Bicyclette Cookshop’s executive chef/partner Kayla Pfeiffer, who finds her greatest joy and confidence in the kitchen, even when it’s not her own.

Pfeiffer previously served as executive chef at several popular Naples restaurants executing concepts created by others at The French, Bar Tulia at Mercato, and a short stint at PJK Neighborhood Chinese.

The kitchen for this mashup?

Food Network’s set for “Chopped” in New York City. The show is hosted by Ted Allen.

Pfeiffer and her three chef competitors had 15 minutes to figure out what to do with these diverse ingredients and prepare them in a way that would appeal to the show’s three-member judging panel.

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