Soon-to-be Christine Fiorentino, a Montclair resident and Bloomfield native, is a competitor in the new Food Network competition show "The Julia Child Challenge," which premiered on March 14 at 9 p.m.

The first-ever competition inspired by Julia Child, eight home cooks and Childs superfans battle head to head each week to impress head judge Antonia Lofaso, and guest judges including Molly Baz, Cliff Crooks and Brooke Williiams, to win the grand prize — an all-expense paid three-month cooking course at Le Cordon Blue, according to an announcement about the show.

Fiorentino started helping in the kitchen at age three. She started her professional career as a teacher and 10 years later started a job in food media.

Fiorentino finds inspiration in Child, who began her food career later in life, and identifies with Child's fearless spirit and interest in connecting with others through food, the announcement said.