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Chef Tre Wilcox’ North vs. South Celebrity Chef Smackdown Proves That… Wait for it…


by Rhonda Dutton

Sunday evening, Chef Tre Wilcox (Best Chef, Iron Chef, Top Chef, eat Bobby Flay and yadda yadda cheffy fame stuff) flexed his culinary industry muscles and pulled together a Celebrity Chef Smackdown with a portion of the proceeds going to Make-a-Wish.   Continue reading

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State Fair Fried Food Finalists Announced

big tex 2011 005by Steven Doyle    photo by Robert Bostick

Labor Day is when the State Fair picks the best fried food item that will lead the dining options on the midway this Fair season. We just received notice of the finalists, and it looks pretty delicious this year. Think about fried Nutella or fried millionaire pie. Yea, it will be a fun year. We will be on the scene to snap up photos and get a taste preview next week and let you know our picks.

Until then check out the list of finalists who are competing this year. And it made us laugh that multi-year winner Abe Gonzales named his company Vandalay Industries, after the bogus George Costanza company from Seinfeld. Remember, winning this coveted prize could mean as much as an additional $250,000 in sales during the State Fair.   Continue reading

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An Old Fashioned Bar Throwdown At People’s Last Stand

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Bartenders and thirst enthusiasts, gather round.  You often hear about competitions in the bar industry, many are closed to the public but are these fantastic events where you taste the best from area competitors.  The People’s Last Stand has an event that is open competition, and the public is invited to taste the very best.   Continue reading

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Texas State Fair Announces Finalists In Fried Food Competition

by Steven Doyle     photos by Robert Bostick

Just when you thought you had your arteries cleared from last year’s Texas State Fair, along with all the fried bubblegum you devoured, Big Tex is back and is setting up the competition once again at the media only event this coming Monday morning.

Abel Gonzalez has readied his latest fried concoction, and this year the multi-year winner is hedging on his fried Jambalaya. Read about all the entries for the 2012 State Fair below, and watch Monday morning for photos and a full report on this year’s winners. The following descriptions are from the contestants themselves.        Continue reading

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Steak Battle This Weekend

by Steven Doyle

Want to watch as two chefs go nose to nose in a heated grilling battle to the finish? All this Iron Chef business just gets me hungry, and what better way to satisfy that hunger than with beef. This Saturday watch two of our local grill-masters show their chops in the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge presented by Kingsford charcoal.   Chefs Rodman Shields from Nick & Sam’s and Richard Chamberlain from Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House will compete Saturday, April 28 at the Walmart located at 1521 N. Cockrell Hill Rd.   Continue reading


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Chefs On Fire This Weekend

by Steven Doyle

Picture this if you will. Twenty teams of chefs, each paired with a local fire fighter in a battle to ferret out the very best grill master. These chefs are talented and the firefighters can blaze in a kitchen as well. The two-man (and women) teams will compete in the day-long competition for a chance to win $1,000, and will undergo a trial by fire in this elimination match. All the proceeds for the event raises cash and awareness for the Parkland Burn Unit in Dallas.

This year’s Chefs on Fire  has a few new items on the agenda including a celebrity chef round where they are paired with fire chiefs. The chefs on chiefs include Randall Copeland from Restaurant Ava, Samir Dhurandhar from Nick & Sam’s, Graham Dodd from Central 214 and John Tesar from the upcoming Spoon restaurant.   Continue reading

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