Seattle chef Kaleena Bliss wins ‘Chopped: Casino Royale’ on Food Network

Congratulations to Seattle chef Kaleena Bliss, who was just crowned the winner of Food Network’s “Chopped: Casino Royale” tournament.

Bliss is the executive chef of Thompson Seattle’s Conversation Kitchen & Bar and their rooftop lounge The Nest. She took on three chefs who won previous qualifying episodes for the $40,000 prize in the “Chopped” finale, which aired on Tuesday, Feb. 1 — and emerged victorious.

While there’s sure to be more to come from Bliss in Seattle to commemorate her win, here are two ways to celebrate this month in Thompson Seattle:

  • Two desserts from his show-winning dishes will be featured on the menu through February: apple and ricotta donuts and dark chocolate custard.
  • In a collaboration/competition with its final competitor, Executive Chef Zoe Schor of Split-Rail in Chicago, each chef will offer a bagel breakfast sandwich (created by the other chef) on their menus through February. $1 from each sandwich will benefit a local mental health charity.

Abby Luschei is Seattle Refined’s associate editor and can be reached at Follow her on TwitterInstagram, TikTok and Facebook.