Last week, Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna almost broke the internet. After annihilating over 30 of the most acclaimed chefs from around the world to win prestigious international culinary competition the Events DC “Embassy Chef Challenge”, the emotional Facebook Live video she posted went viral, racking up over 200,000 views in its first 24 hours online. She was joined in the clip by Food Network Extreme Chef Terry French, who sat on the floor next to her and her golden pineapple trophy, showering her with praise and adulation.

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