It’s an eventful February for Phoenix chef Lawrence “L.T.” Smith, who will soon make his Food Network debut.

Smith was a college football player who turned to cooking after his dream of playing in the NFL was cut short. He spent several years working in the Valley dining scene at FOUND:RE hotel, Ghost Ranch and Tempe Public Market Cafe before he and his partner Aseret Arroyo opened a farmers market taco stand called Chilte.

Earlier this month, he and Arroyo announced the opening of their first Chilte restaurant, which will be housed inside the resurrected Egyptian Motor Hotel on Grand Avenue.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. MST, friends, family and fans can watch Smith go head-to-head with other chefs on “Chopped,” Food Network’s long-running cooking competition.

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Lawrence L.T. Smith drizzles avocado crema over the Chilté Tacos Baja fish taco; the pink tortilla was made specially for October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

How to watch ‘Chopped’ on Food Network

In Season 51, episode seven of “Chopped,” contestants compete in a chocolate-themed challenge. The challenge consists of three rounds: appetizer, entrée and dessert, with a new basket of mystery ingredients in each round.

In the appetizer round, competitors must pair duck with chocolate and faux deviled eggs make an appearance in the entrée round.

If you don’t have cable, you can catch Smith’s episode of “Chopped” on streaming services, including discovery+,  Hulu+ Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream.

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