Danica victorious in unique competition

September 04, 2013,

Driver shows off versatility, flair on cooking show

We’ve seen what Danica Patrick can do behind the wheel of a NASCAR vehicle.

Now, we’ve seen what she can do with a basket, some knives and a handful of “mystery ingredients.”

Patrick, who routinely tweets out photos of prepared meals and has attended culinary school, won Tuesday night’s special episode of “Chopped,” a cooking show on the Food Network. It was a special episode that pitted four athletes against each other in a new venue of competition -- the kitchen.

Patrick beat out 12-time Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber and former boxer Chuck Zito to claim the top prize. As the winner, Patrick received a $10,000 donation to her charity of choice, the COPD Foundation, from Food Network. DRIVE4COPD is NASCAR's official health initiative, and Patrick's grandmother died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The premise of the show is that the contestants receive a box of mystery ingredients that they have to incorporate into a dish. There are three rounds, with one contestant being eliminated after each judging session -- appetizers (Barber was eliminated), entrees (Zito was eliminated) and dessert (Patrick was declared the winner).

Ingredients included kale and candy-coated peanuts for the appetizers, almonds and chocolate-covered marshmallows for entrees and olive oil cake and tangelos for dessert.

Patrick now will turn her attention from the television to the track. She’ll drive the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400.

She tweeted out the photo below Tuesday night: