Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand will appear on an episode of 'Chopped' in June

Sam Cooper
Herb Hand talks to the media after being introduced as Penn State's new run game coordinator and offensive line coach, during news conference at Beaver Stadium, in University Park, Pa., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/MCT)

When he’s not showing off his old school hip-hop knowledge or offering some words of wisdom, Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand is usually tweeting about food. Apparently Hand, a self-described foodie, is quite the cook and he will get a chance to show off his skills to the world in a June episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network.

He announced that he advanced to the final level of casting for the show last June, and Hand got official word on Tuesday that he will compete against three other fathers in an episode titled “Four Fathers” that will air June 10. Hand, who came to Penn State from Vanderbilt with James Franklin in January, noted that the episode was filmed last year, so he’ll be representing the Commodores one last time.

For those who are unfamiliar, the show begins with four chefs who are given a basket of mystery ingredients and they must put together a course using each ingredient in a short amount of time. After the appetizer round, one contestant gets “chopped” from the show by the judges, then there are three left for the entrée round with another mystery basket of ingredients. Following the entrée round, another contestant is eliminated and the final two go head to head in a dessert round with the final set of ingredients for the chance to win $10,000.

In a Reddit AMA in March, Hand, who led a "Pizza Crawl" for charity in State College last month, described a meal he cooked for a recruit.

I've cooked a meal for a recruit before it was - Bacon, Bleu Cheese and Grape flatbread drizzled with honey - Wedge Salad (simple but delicious) - Crab stuffed filet mignon seared in bacon fat - grilled squash medley - sautéed asparagus - parmesan pasta - pecan crusted vanilla ice cream ball over a fudge brownie with salted caramel sauce for desert - CLOSED THE DEAL.

I think I would commit on the spot if a coach made me that meal.

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