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Las Vegas tortilla chef competing for $250K and new restaurant

Mariana Alvarado Garcia
Food Network

Mariana Alvarado Garcia

Las Vegas chef Mariana Alvarado Garcia is expecting big things soon.

She's busy at work with her local business, MasAzul, which makes artisanal tortillas with heirloom corn from her homeland.

She's just gave birth to her third child on Monday, and the proud Latina is bringing her authentic Mexican food to a national stage. 

It’s not easy. I’m not gonna' be out there saying this is the easiest thing I’ve done, but [I] definitely think all of us women, we are capable. We are built to be out there working and doing so many things. We are multitasking all the time. And yes, I get a little more tired especially at this point, but I also think it’s very inspiring for my children.

She is competing for a chance to win a $250,000 investment in the restaurant of her dreams.

She’s starring in Big Restaurant Bet, a new reality show on the Food Network. The show pits eight hopeful restaurant entrepreneurs against one another in a cooking competition to earn a contract with celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian's hospitality group.

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Although a little tired, Alvarado Garcia insisted on being treated the same as all the other competitors and even made lifelong friends.

They showed an amazing talent and compassion and a lot of love for what we do. It was like being with someone who really got me, you know a group of people that really understand what I wanted to achieve.

We'll all have to wait and see if Alvarado Garcia will have a new restaurant. Big Restaurant Bet airs Tuesday evenings on the Food Network.

Mariana Alvarado Garcia, owner, MasAzul

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Lorraine Blanco Moss is the host of KNPR's award-winning Asian American Pacific Islander podcast, Exit Spring Mountain. She's also a former producer for State of Nevada, specializing in food and hospitality, women's issues, and sports.