Amanda Freitag is a recurring judge on “Chopped” and the co-host of “American Diner Revival”, alongside Ty Pennington. Amanda has battled Bobby Flay on “Iron Chef America”, and in the fall of 2009 she competed for the title of America’s Next Iron Chef. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has trained in culinary staples such as Paris and Italy. Amanda released her first cookbook in 2005 entitled “The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking”. When she is not in the kitchen, Amanda enjoys traveling the world and learning about different cultures’ cuisines and traditions.