Whitney Chen is the Asian Rachael Ray

Posted in Pics on June 26th, 2011 by Jody

Whitney Chen

Whitney Chen is a half-Chinese, half-Swedish chef (and former nuclear engineer) competing on the current season of the Food Network reality competition series The Next Food Network Star.

I’ve watched the first few episodes so far, and I dare say that Whitney is looking like one of the favorites to win the competition. She has the requisite cooking chops, having worked as a line chef at Per Se (one of the top restaurants in New York City, where she currently resides). And, she is a natural in front of the camera.

She reminds me a lot of another food TV personality, Rachael Ray. They look quite alike and share a certain perkiness on-camera (though Whitney doesn’t come off as obnoxious). And, if Whitney wins the competition, they’ll also share a line on their resume: host of their own show on Food Network.

The Next Food Network Star can be seen on Food Network every Sunday night at 9/8c. Whitney is writing a blog about it for her hometown paper (she grew up near Chicago) – the blog can be read here. You can also follow Whitney on Facebook and Twitter.

Pictures and video after the jump.

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