Mom Wins $50K Prize in Food Network’s ‘Chocolate Showdown’, Owes it All to Son’s Food Allergies

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If there’s one thing food allergy parents learn, it’s how to get creative finding or making foods that are safe for their kids to eat.

36-year-old Maile Crewdson, a stay-at-home mom of three from Makawao, Maui, is the proud winner of Food Network Canada’s Season 3 Chocolate Showdown and takes home a $50,000 prize.

She impressed the judges with her take on a number of Hawaiian specialties including chocolate mini haupia pies and Hawaiian-style malasadas (traditional yeast doughnuts).

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Ms Crewdson has no formal training but has always enjoyed baking. She credits her expertise to her need to get creative in order to accommodate her son’s food allergies.

She said:

My son was born with anaphylactic food allergies. That was a big part of why I really started baking a few years back was just to try to figure out how to keep him safe and how to make things that I used to love that I could no longer eat because of his many, many food allergies.

The episode is available in the US on the CW network.

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See Hawaii News Now’s report of the event and interview with Ms Crewdson:

Ms Crewdson is putting her winnings to good use, spending some on her home and the remainder to launch a baking business on Maui where others will be able to enjoy her creations.

You can hear her interview on the “Muthaship” podcast here:



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