NC State football’s Chandler Zavala has ‘Chopped’ champion father

RALEIGH — The nightly call between Chandler Zavala and his father begins with the same question.  “What did you eat today?” It’s not a critical probe towards Zavala’s weight, who, since arriving at N.C. State this summer as a graduate transfer and 6-foot-5 offensive lineman from Fairmont State, weighs in at 325 pounds. There is, […]

RALEIGH — The nightly call between Chandler Zavala and his father begins with the same question. 

“What did you eat today?”

It’s not a critical probe towards Zavala’s weight, who, since arriving at N.C. State this summer as a graduate transfer and 6-foot-5 offensive lineman from Fairmont State, weighs in at 325 pounds.

There is, however, a higher expectation when it comes to Zavala’s food choices.

That’s what happens when you have a celebrity chef in the family.

His father, Demetrio Zavala, has sparred in the kitchen on national television with Bobby Flay, won the title of Food Network’s “Chopped” champion by out-cooking the show’s judges, and risen to the title of corporate executive chef for one of the largest restaurant groups in the country.

Traci J. Lewis

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