This Thanksgiving, the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago will have one more thing for which to be grateful.
Actually, 10,000 things.
In an episode of the Food Network show “Chopped” that aired Nov. 9, Sister Alicia Torres of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago beat three other competitors to claim the $10,000 prize, which will be donated to the Catholic mission that serves the Humbolt Park neighborhood on Chicago’s west side.
The episode, titled “Thanksgiving Soup-er Stars,” featured four cooks from across the country who volunteer their time preparing meals for charitable organizations. They were tasked with making dishes using traditional Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.
Sister Alicia, dressed in her traditional Franciscan habit, was humble in victory, telling the panel of judges that “the Lord gave me this talent.”
“Perhaps being on national TV and winning this competition will bring some attention to the issue of hunger and to the reality that God’s love is so strong and so big, he can take this little nun from Chicago who never went to culinary school to compete,” she said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Literally nothing is impossible with God.”
And that is an even greater reason to give thanks.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the religious order of Sister Alicia. We regret the error.