Just when are chicken wings sweet and tomato soup and cake more than they appear?

It's when you happen to be a chef on Food Network`s "Chopped," and the episode is titled "Fake Cake, Real Stakes." New Canaan chef Silvia Baldini navigated her way through such culinary trickery recently while competing on that particular episode, which is set to air on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 p.m. on the Food Network.

"When I was cast for `Chopped' on the Food Network, I was nervous and scared, but I decided to just go for it" stated Baldini in a recent news release. "Once I walked into the `Chopped' kitchen, I relaxed, stuck with recipes I knew by heart, and presented all my food beautifully." Baldini is founder of the New Canaan, Conn.-based culinary group Strawberry and Sage. She began her career as a Madison Avenue art director. But, after some time, she decided to go back to school to attain her lifelong dream of being a chef. Baldini, a native of Turin, Italy, is a graduate of the Cordon Bleu in London and Cornell/French Culinary Institute restaurant management program in New York.

The show pitted Baldini against three other chefs in a three-round compettion -- appetizer, entree and dessert--with a chef being eliminated, or chopped, after each round until a winner is named. Chefs must create their dishes using ingredients that remain covered in baskets until they are opened seconds before each round begins withe cry "Chef's. Open your baskets."

Baldini knows how she did, of course, but the rest of us will have to wait for the outcome. Still, this is what she had to say about the high-stakes competition:

"I had a good time doing what I love on "Chopped:"cooking chic, comfort food with passion. The day of the show I ended up having a blast. I cooked for 12 hours straight and my love for cooking and experience in the kitchen came through."

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Before she launched her own food company, Baldini worked at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in London and Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before returning to the United States.

She is hoping to connect with many more food lovers in the near future, as she is working on segments for television, a cookbook and a series of food lectures.

For those who miss the March 31 episode, no worries. The show will repeat three more times. (April 1 at 1 a.m.; April 9 at 8 p.m.; April 10 at 3 a.m.)