HOLLYWOOD, CA, April 3, 2014 ( – The Food Network program Chopped allows celebrities to showcase their culinary skills and compete for a $50,000 prize to be awarded to the charity of their choice. On Sunday's episode Tasha Smith, the star of many Tyler Perry productions, chose to play for Planned Parenthood.


The March 30th episode pitted Smith against High School Musical star Lucas Grabeel, Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos, and Peter Scolari, who was Tom Hanks' co-star on the '80s sitcom Bosom Buddies.

Planned Parenthood sent her a tweet of thanks after the episode aired:

Scolari played for the COPD Foundation, revealing that his mother suffered from the respiratory disease. Grabeel chose the Harmony Project, which promotes music education.

“When I grew up Planned Parenthood was there for me,” Smith said at an event jointly hosted by Planned Parenthood and Black Entertainment Television (BET). The “Breast Party Ever” was supposed to draw attention to breast cancer. The teaming was doubly controversial given charges that Planned Parenthood targets the black community for abortion.

“I did not have health insurance,” so she said she “went to Planned Parenthood for my annual exams.” The press release listed Smith as Planned Parenthood's “celebrity ambassador.”

Planned Parenthood received $540.6 million from U.S taxpayers at the state, local, and federal level in 2012.

Tasha was the first chef to be cut on Sunday, losing during the appetizer round because she put burned popcorn in her warm kale salad. (“What do I do with the freakin' corn?!” she shouted at one point during the competition.)

Reflecting on her experience, she later tweeted, “I was hoping the kid got chopped.”

It appears she is discussing Grabeel.

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In the end, Michael Imperioli edged out Peter Scolari for the win and a chance at the $50,000 prize for his charity, the Pure Land Project, which promotes ecologically sustainable land use in Tibet.


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