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Set your DVR: Lee’s Summit barbecue pro on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ finale

Megan Day made her hometown of Lee’s Summit proud when she smoked the competition in Round 1 of Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters.”

But did she bring the heat in the finale of the five-part series? Fans will find out when the show airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Day will compete against three other grill masters in the “Chopped Grill Masters” finale: California chef Joe Johnson, Massachusetts chef Stephen Coe and Georgia barbecue pro Jim “Big Jim” Stancil.

The grill masters will have to quickly make an appetizer, entree and dessert using ingredients from mystery baskets. The last chef standing gets $50,000 and a trip to Napa Valley. Day, a member of the Burnt Finger BBQ team, said on the show that she’d use that money to travel to “bucket list” barbecue contests with her husband Jason.

All five episodes of “Chopped Grill Masters” were shot in April in New York, but Day can’t reveal the outcome of the finale. She’s planning a watch party from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Stuey McBrew’s, 321 SE Main St. in Lee’s Summit.

Richard Fergola of Gardner competed in Part 2 of “Chopped Grill Masters.” Fergola, a special education teacher at Olathe East High School, was chopped in the first round after his barbecue salad failed to impress the judges — but he took the loss in stride.

“The smoke will keep rolling in Kansas City,” he said on the show.

Day sounded pretty confident about her chances going into “Chopped Grill Masters.”

“In my gut there’s a fire,” she said at the start of Round 1.

“I’m gonna win.”