Local Home Chef to Appear on Lifetime’s Supermarket Superstar on August 5


Though many home cooks often dream of becoming the next Jimmy Dean or Mrs. Fields, it is very rare that they are ever provided with the opportunity. However, Lifetime’s newest competition series Supermarket Superstar, hosted by Stacy Kiebler and premiering tonight at 10 ET/PT, is giving that chance to a select group of undiscovered food entrepreneurs, including Bergen County’s very own Hoda Mahmoodzadegan of Leonia, NJ. Mahmoodzadegan will appear as a contestant on the “Natural Foods” episode, which airs on August 5, and will compete among two other contestants to prove her product, the AppleBomb, to be worthy of shelf space in the nation’s largest supermarket chains. With the help of the show’s renowned mentors, (including Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies, chef and TV host Michael Chiarello, branding expert Chris Cornyn, and research and development chef Andrew Hunter) Mahmoodzadegan will attempt to refine her product in hopes of earning a spot on the season finale, in which three of the season’s winners will be invited back to pitch their products to A&P CEO Sam Martin, who determines the winner of a nationwide launch.


Despite her current status of “undiscovered” at a national level, Mahmoodzadegan has earned some local popularity as the owner of Molly’s Milk Truck, an affordable gourmet health food truck located in Hudson County’s busy city of Hoboken. As an advocate for clean and healthy eating, the idea for her AppleBomb (a hollowed out granny smith apple stuffed with walnut, cinnamon and agave filling and wrapped in pie crust) stemmed from Mahmoodzadegan’s desire to provide a healthier alternative to those heavily processed treats that often fill the shelves of the dessert aisle. That being said, the AppleBomb differs from the customary supermarket sweet in that it doesn’t contain any of those mysterious, unpronounceable ingredients that are often used as fillers or preservatives.


Though the “fresh-out-the-oven” quality of the AppleBomb is what earned Mahmoodzadegan her place on the “Natural Foods” episode of Supermarket Superstar, it was also the root of her greatest challenge when competing on the show. The home chef states that she was even resistant to maintain freshness by freezing the product, which created a number of obstacles during the transformation of the AppleBomb from small-scale to mass production. To find out how Mahmoodzadegan tackled this problem and discover whether or not the AppleBomb will earn its place in the supermarket world, tune in to Supermarket Superstar on August 5 at 10 ET/PT.


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