Ward is a faithful watcher of the Food Network.
"I've auditioned for 'Next Food Network Star,' 'Master Chef' ... I finally landed one," she said.
She said the Food Network links the auditions to see where a person might best fit. A producer contacted her about appearing on "Guy's Grocery Games," which is heading into its second season.
Ward does not know when the episode will air and or even which day she will fly to California for the three-day taping, although it will be this month.
"They don't tell you anything," she said.
To prepare, Ward has reviewed the first season, although it was not much help because the game show components and grocery store aisles are different.
"I've watched every episode 20 times," she said. "Neither one of them is the same."
Ward said the Methodist staff is supportive of her game show appearance.
"That's the foundation that I have here — that family-oriented atmosphere," she said. "I appreciate it."
She was even born at the Gary hospital.