Netflix’s new culinary competition series Snack vs. Chef has 12 inventive cooks fighting for a $50,000 cash prize. Luna Contreras was one of the competitors in the reality TV program. On her Instagram feed, the brilliant chef defines herself as a “brown trans girl” from Portland, Oregon. She is a proud transgender lady who is outspoken about her support for the LGBTQ+ community on social media.
Luna announced her participation in Snack vs. Chef in an Instagram post, writing:
“As a trans woman, my grandmother would have been overjoyed.” I’m glad I put myself out there to continue raising good awareness for trans youngsters and representing Portland! ”
She claimed that the cooking program was filmed in Stamford, Connecticut, during the epidemic.
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All about Luna Contreras’s job experience as a chef
Luna Contreras has spent most of her career working at several restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to her LinkedIn profile. Luna worked as a sous chef at Fonda in the San Francisco Bay Area after completing a one-year internship at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.
She joined Mexico DF as a co-executive chef after a three-year tenure at Fonda. Luna became an executive chef at Mamacita restaurant in 2009, and she quickly rose to prominence in the culinary world. Luna’s ability was also highly valued at Padrecito, a restaurant where she worked after Mamacita. Luna began working at Nightingale in Portland in 2020 but quit after eight months. She subsequently opted to become the executive chef at Chelo, a well-known Portland restaurant. Luna also serves on the board of directors of Family Meal, a non-profit organization.
Luna’s bio on the Family Meal website reads:
“Luna has spent much of her life battling to accept and embrace her actual identity. After a lengthy fight with gender dysphoria, she ultimately decided to begin hormone replacement treatment. This continuing journey has reaffirmed my commitment to being modest, honest, and genuine.”
According to her Instagram, she enjoys expressing her opinions in long postings. In one of her most recent postings, she expressed gratitude to Snack vs. Chef for providing her with a platform “a wonderful experience.” She went on to say that the program helped her make new friends and gave her the courage to try new things. While Luna has touched many hearts with her compassion and culinary ability in Portland, she is now preparing to do so again by competing in the Netflix cooking show, Snack vs. Chef.
Season 1 Snack vs. Chef competitors
In addition to Luna, Hari Cameron, Christian Gill, Kristopher Edelen, Danny Kievit, Sandy Dee Hall, Clara Park, Lauryn Bodden, Ali Manning, Lauren Jude, Scottish Francis, and Kevin Gregory will compete in Netflix’s new program, Snack vs. Chef.
According to the official synopsis:
“This new food competition, hosted by comedians Megan Stalter and Hari Kondabolu, sees 12 chefs compete in the ultimate snack showdown, not only recreating some of the world’s most iconic snacks, but also challenged to invent their own original snacks inspired by beloved classics. Only one will prevail and claim the $50,000 prize.””
The co-hosts are Megan Stalter and Hari Kondabolu, and the judges include Chef Helen Park and culinary scientist Ali Bouzari. Season 1 of Snack vs. Chef will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 3 a.m. ET.