Big Week for Boston on Food TVBy Scott Kearnan
August 4, 2014
This might be a good week to order take out. From the premiere of a Top Chef spinoff to new episodes of Cooking Channel and Food Network favorites, Boston is well-represented in a crop of upcoming episodes. Here's what to watch, when - and info on those who want to throw themselves into the Hell's Kitchen fire.
Tuesday, August 5. Tune in to The Cooking Channel at 10 PM for a new episode of Road Trip with G. Garvin, when the Atlanta-based chef and host heads to the Hub. First stop: Estelle's Southern Cuisine, where he cooks up chicken fried steak, chocolate peanut butter and banana pie, and more with chef-owner Brian Poe, a fellow Georgia native. Then he heads to Highland Kitchen for coconut curried goat stew, and Darryl's Corner Bar for catfish tacos. We'll see whether Garvin feels that he's found Southern hospitality in New England.
Wednesday, August 6. Just a reminder that Wednesday is the series of premiere of Top Chef Duels at 10 PM on Bravo. This latest iteration, hosted by Curtis Stone, will pair the "most talked-about personalities" from past seasons against one another in a 10-episode series of cook-offs. The winner of each duel will advance to the season finale, and compete for a $100,000 grand prize and Food & Wine feature. Among the competing chefs are Sweet Cheeks Q chef-owner Tiffani Faison, who placed runner-up in the very first season of Top Chef, and Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish, formerly of Barbara Lynch's Menton. Though they won't appear until episodes 6 and 8, respectively, now's your chance to get in on the early rounds of this tasty new "Top" offering.
Wednesday, August 6. Attention, gluttons for verbal abuse! If you've ever wanted to be on the receiving end of Gordon Ramsay's sharp tongue, this could be your chance. On Wednesday from 10 AM-3 PM, Fox-TV will host a casting call for Hell's Kitchen at - where else? - Le Cordon Bleu College at 215 First Street, Cambridge. You'll need to impress not only casting directors, but Boston's own chef Jason Santos, the Season 7 runner-up who now commands kitchen at Blue Inc., Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry's. Can't make it? There's a (very long) online application here.
Thursday, August 7. Santos is actually back on the small screen at 7 PM on Thursday, when the Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay airs an "East vs. West" episode. The bi-coastal brouhaha will pit the Boston toque against Los Angeles-based Iron Chef America winner Neal Fraser, the man behind spots like The Strand House and BLD. The winner of their qualifying battle will, of course, go on to try and beat Bobby Flay.