Food Network's Melissa d’Arabian Competes on ‘Chopped’ for AFSP

08/01/2012

Food Network's Melissa d’Arabian Competes on ‘Chopped’ for AFSP

Melissa d'Arabian.

On July 22, during a special episode of the Food Network's “Chopped,” Melissa d’Arabian, host of “Ten Dollar Dinners,” competed against fellow “Food Network Star” winners and came close to winning $10,000 for her favorite charity, AFSP.

“After making it to the dessert round, I was of course disappointed not to have won the $10,000 prize for AFSP, but thrilled to have helped raise awareness about the work of AFSP and elevated a much needed conversation about suicide prevention,” d’Arabian said.

Melissa personally donated $5 for every sale of her new cookbook during a one-week promotion—over $7,000—to AFSP.

"Melissa did a great job on the show. She gave our issue and organization much needed visibility," AFSP Executive Director Robert Gebbia said. "We can't thank her enough for her advocacy, courage and passion."

Melissa is a survivor of suicide loss. She was just 20 years old when she lost her mother to suicide. She is now a mom to four young girls and is dedicated to doing more to help prevent suicide.

To read more of Melissa's story, click here.