Rooney Wins 'Chopped' Crown

Former mayor says he'll donate his $10,000 prize to charity.

In a televised battle for culinary supremacy, Wyckoff Committeeman Kevin Rooney took home the "Chopped" crown Sunday night on The Food Network.

Rooney went head-to-head with three other chefs, creating a "sophisticated" sushi dish, ostrich fan fillets with purple asparagus and a tube of roe in a blueberry wine sauce, and a "sweet and savory" French toast, according to a report on northjersey.com.

"I've always loved to cook and my children like to brag about how good my cooking is," Rooney told the website prior to the show airing.

The former mayor took part in the amateur competition — "Chopped" typically pits professional chefs against one another — more than a year ago. His daughter Jordan entered him into the running. 

Rooney won $10,000 for his victory, and told northjersey.com that he'd give the prize away to charity.

For his next act, Rooney said he is in talks with other networks about further culinary adventures.

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Q February 25, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Too bad I didn't know he would be on the show...My family and I would have tuned in. Let us know in advance of the airing next time. Thanks. Congrats to Mr. Rooney.
Bailey February 25, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Is he married....I love a man that can cook!!!!
Michael Feygin February 25, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Great job Kevin. You now qualify to cut brisket at Bourbon BBQ... Congrads! Mike
Michael Stern February 25, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Great Job ! I watch this show every Tuesday or Sunday night and always wondered how much is real or is it scripted and if the contestants know in advance whats in the basket.
Claire Buchmann February 26, 2013 at 01:02 AM
I think it is on again tues. Just set my DVR.
Susan February 26, 2013 at 01:58 AM
How's about he focus on the things we need to get done in Wyckoff? He is an elected official correct?
Claire Buchmann February 26, 2013 at 02:21 AM
He is the "former" mayor of Wyckoff.
Susan February 26, 2013 at 02:57 AM
@c: he is still on the town council. the mayoral job is merely a straw vote ... one would think that with all that is happening in town he should focus on representing the community and not on trying to earn a buck chopping up food. If the latter is what matters, then step down and let someone who can devote the time take on the job.
Susan C February 26, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Congrats Kevin! you were a true gentleman throughout!
N February 26, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Elected official or not, he sill has a life and a passion to cook. Maybe you missed the ending but he is donating his winnings of $10,000 to charity!! That in of itself is enough to say "What a great humanitarian he is. Well done Mr. Rooney! We need more of you in our world today.
N February 26, 2013 at 04:29 AM
His "Buck" went to charity. You struck out on this one.
M Filan February 26, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I always watch chopped and I was so excited to see someone from my town compete. Congratulations Kevin you have made your family and neighbors proud.
Wyckoff Resident February 26, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Susan, you have got to be kidding!!!!! Are you expecting him to be at town hall 24/7?! Does that mean committee members should not go to the movies, attend sporting events, parties etc?! Did he miss any key debate or votes to be on this show (which I would GUESS entailed a day of taping.) It sounds to me like you are LOOKING for ANYTHING to find fault with township committee people. The topper is that he is donating the winnings to charity! I am PROUD to have a person of his caliber representing the town. I only hope that the hateful comments that people make don't finally drive the good people to leave public service.
Wyckoff Man February 26, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Susan-Really??? What the heck is wrong with you? It has already been said that he deserves some free time but more importantly do you really think that our beautiful small town is in such bad shape? I believe you need to lighten up a bit!
Danyel competiello February 26, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Susan, may I ask what YOUR contribution to our community is????
Beth Sparozic February 26, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Kevin Congrats. So impressed! Ignoring ignorant comments from above.. hope you will too!
Tim February 27, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Mr. Rooney was a true gentleman in the competition. He never put down the other competitors, which is refreshing to see. Wyckoff was represented with dignity.
Q February 28, 2013 at 07:46 PM
C- What time will the show air on Tuesday? Susan- While I'm not a fan of Mr. Rooney's politics, I don't see how following his passion for cooking and competing on Chopped would interfere with town business. Perhaps the happiness he derives from cooking will contribute to a level head at the office. Can't always be "nose to the grindstone." Actually, competing in Chopped can be quite stressful but also very rewarding. Again, congrats to Mr. Rooney. I will be putting in some tickets to win the Rooney "basket" at Military Bridge tonight (EMS). Perhaps we'll talk politics while you cook us a fine meal. Or not :). Glad to be able to legally raffle off baskets in town.
susan burns March 08, 2013 at 05:34 PM
My question is..IF the show was taped over a year ago, why doesn't he know what charity he is donating the $10,000 to as he has had over a year to think about it????
John A. Unglert March 08, 2013 at 06:51 PM
For all we know maybe Kevin did have something in mind. I believe that this would be a private matter and those of us in the public just don't need an answer. Something are just private and should remain that way. I will say this - knowing Kevin, as I do as a friend. I am positive that it went where it could do the most good for the most people. That is his heart. That said, we should not bother him on this oint byt continue to congratulate him an win well earned. If you saw the show you know it came down to the last minute. Truth be told, I was on the end of the chair. Again, Kevin my heartfelt congrats and a stupendious triumph.


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