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Meet the Season 2 Contestants: Ted

Great American Recipe - Ted

Ted Pappas (Western Springs, Illinois) is a semi-retired architect. He grew up in a traditional Greek American household headed by immigrants: a first-generation father and third-generation mother. His grandfather owned a supper club in Chicago in the 1960s, where Ted’s mother worked. She passed down happy memories of entertaining at the club, instilling in her son a love of social gatherings centered around food.

Celebrated for their cooking and active in their community in Chicago, Ted’s parents raised him with an appreciation of all things Greek. His mother made sure he knew not only the best ingredients for a recipe, but the cultural significance and history behind each dish. Now raising two daughters, Ted believes it’s important to pass his Greek traditions on to his children. One of his signature recipes is Lamb Chops marinated in olive oil with lemon juice, rosemary and garlic served over oven-grilled potatoes.

Meet the Contestants

Meet the Host and Judges

Alejandra RamosAlejandra Ramos

Alejandra is a television host, TODAY Show contributor, and writer. Known for her vibrant, playful culinary point of view, and passion for style both in and out of the kitchen, Alejandra’s ability to inspire in a way that is fun and approachable has made her a favorite with audiences nationwide. READ MORE

Chef Tiffany DerryTiffany Derry

Tiffany Derry is a judge on The Great American Recipe. The Texas native is the founder of Tiffany Derry Concepts and co-founder of T2D Concepts, the Texas-based purpose-driven hospitality group behind Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table and ‘Shef Tiffany spice and apparel line. READ MORE

Chef Leah CohenLeah Cohen

Leah Cohen is a judge on The Great American Recipe. Leah is the chef and owner of acclaimed New York City restaurant Pig & Khao on the Lower East Side. A 2013 StarChefs Rising Stars Award recipient, Leah’s Filipino upbringing and annual expeditions to the region are reflected in her cooking philosophy, which stays true to authentic Southeast Asian flavors while incorporating classical western techniques. READ MORE

Chef Graham ElliotGraham Elliot

Graham Elliot is a judge on The Great American Recipe. He is a self-described “navy brat,” has traveled the world and all 50 states, sparking an intense interest in food which led him to attend Johnson & Wales University. READ MORE

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