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Christina Olivarez Wire

Christina%20Olivarez_150%207-24-12.jpgChristina Olivarez, executive chef of Diego at MGM Grand who recently became the first Las Vegas chef and female to win the Food Network’s Chopped, talks about being one of the few female chefs in Vegas. “Culinary school was one of the first times that the woman in a man’s world idea was evident. In choosing to go the culinary route, we girls were outnumbered in our group 5 to 1. Honestly, I always enjoyed being “one of the guys,” and being able to go through school in that environment helped set me up for what it would ultimately be like in the field.” [LVS]