Tampa chef Jada Vidal wins Guy Fieri’s ‘Grocery Games’ Food Network game show

And she’s bringing her version of Flavortown to a Tampa Heights popup dinner on Sept. 4.

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Tampa chef Jada Vidal on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’.

After waiting three years to compete, aspiring Tampa chef Jada Vidal finally got her shot to compete on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show “Guy’s Grocery Games,” according to WFLA.

And it looks like the time she had to prepare paid off. On last night’s episode, Vidal walked away with a win and $20,000 in her grocery cart.

“It’s very surreal for me because coming from somebody who ten years ago was watching, and hoping, and wishing that one day I would be on the show, and now it’s come true far further than I thought it would. It’s amazing,” Vidal told WFLA.

If you want to taste Vidal’s food yourself, you can still grab tickets to a pop-up dinner she’s hosting at Armature Works—1910 N Ola Ave. in tampa—this weekend on Sept. 4. The menu is called “Mestizaje,” and is meant to pay homage to Vidal’s Cuban and African American heritage, according to the event page.

Tickets will set you back $70, and in return, you’ll get a four-course meal complete with bread service, wine pairings and a shot of Cuban espresso to cleanse your palate between courses.

If you can’t make it to this one, don’t worry. Vidal is hosting a series of them around the Bay. Details on the other dates are TBA, but you can follow Vidal’s Instagrams (@thejadavidal and @jadavidalcooks) for all the latest.

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