Monday, May 10, 2010
Nickel City Chef IX featured Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz of Sample versus Challenging Chef Steve Gedra of the Bistro Europa. This was a very close battle.
The secret ingredient came to us from Baldwin Hills Farm, a family farm known for producing great maple syrup and a line of innovative maple-inspired products. Our competing chefs incorporated Baldwin Hills' maple syrup and unique maple vinegar into each dish. Nickel City Chef IX was hosted by Bert Gambini of WBFO and his co-host, Chef JJ Richert of Torches. Our judges included Nelson Star of All-Access Pass, Chef Brian Mietus of Bacchus (one of last year's winners) and Kristen Becker of Dykes of Hazard Comedy Tour.
Tickets are still available for the last three shows of our second season. On May 16th an audience of nearly 200 will watch undefeated Nickel City Chef JJ Richert compete against Dino DeBell of the highly-anticipated and soon-to-open Blue Monk, and on June 6th, Chef Jim Guarino of Shango will challenge Nickel City Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo.
About Nickel City Chef
Nickel City Chef takes place in one of the city’s best kept secrets–a fully restored turn-of-the-century warehouse on Buffalo’s West Side, the home of Artisan Kitchens & Baths. Completely outfitted with two competition-worthy kitchens, this unique setting is the ideal location for this exciting hyper-local cooking competition.
At each event, a Nickel City Chef and his or her challenger (each representing a locally-owned independent business) must complete three dishes in under an hour with each dish showcasing a secret ingredient. They employ classic and modern techniques in order to demonstrate their skills and personal cooking philosophy. All of Nickel City Chef’s secret ingredients always come from right here in Western New York!
A panel of professionals act as judges to determine which chef prepares the most technically perfect, creative and delicious cuisine. The audience enjoys catered snacks and delivers their own vote for their favorite chef of the day. With seating for nearly 200, Nickel City Chef events provide guests with an exciting, uniquely WNY cooking experience. With four cameras mounted in our pro kitchens and over a dozen flat screen monitors, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Many thanks to our sponsors: Jenn Air, SubZero, Wolf, GE Monogram, Wegmans, Mansion on Delaware Avenue, the Buffalo chapter of the Chaine de Rotisseurs, Buffalo Spree, Block Club for Business, Earth Star, WBFO 88.7 and SeaBar City.
**Nickel City Chef is a Feed Your Soul production.
Feed Your Soul is a company dedicated to developing and executing both private and public events focused on the food and agriculture of Western New York. Feed Your Soul was founded on the firm belief that agritourism and culinary tourism should not only be a major aspect of traveling in WNY, but are a fundamental component to Buffalo’s renaissance. Nickel City Chef is only one of Feed Your Soul’s projects; see the Feed Your Soul website for a current schedule.