Nickel City Chef, Season Four
Feed Your Soul lines up secret ingredients, special guest judges and challengers for the fourth season of its Nickel City Chef cooking competitions featuring celebrity judges, WNY’s top chefs and homegrown ingredients. These entertaining events are designed to expose the general public to some of our area’s top chefs and farmers. Following on the heels of the popular book release, “Nickel City Chef: Buffalo’s Finest Chefs and Ingredients,” event organizers and fans alike anticipate that tickets for all four shows will sell out within 36 hours. I feel like I might be increasing the odds that the tickets sell out in less than 24 hours, but I don’t want my loyal readers to miss their chance to be a part of the live audience watching these fun and unique competitions that rival the passion and intensity of Food Network’s Iron Chef.
All competitions take place in the beautiful loft showroom of Artisan Kitchens & Baths. Tickets go on sale at noon this Friday, Jan. 6, for $38 each and include catered gourmet snacks. A cash bar during the event will be available. Links to online ticketing will be available on the Nickel City Chef website. Each show is hosted by WBFO‘s Bert Gambini and the talented Chef Mike Andrzejewski of SeaBar, one of my favorite restaurants.
Here is the exciting 2012 season lineup:
- Sunday, Feb. 19: Nickel City Chef Krista Van Wagner of Curly’s versus Challenging Chef Frank Mercado of M&T Bank‘s Private Executive Dining Room
- Sunday, March 4: Nickel City Chef Brian Mietus of Bacchus versus Challenging Chef Dunbar Berdine of Black Rock Kitchen & Bar
- Sunday, March 25: Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz of Sample versus Challenging Chef Christopher Daigler of Encore
- Sunday, April 10: Nickel City Chef JJ Richert of Torches versus Chef Chris Dorsaneo of Lloyd Taco Truck
Event sponsors include Wegmans, D’Avolio, Mansion on Delaware Avenue, Independent Health and the Buffalo chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs; event partners are Buffalo Spree, Artisan Kitchens & Baths and Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops.
I am especially excited to watch a personal friend of mine, Chef Chris Dorsaneo, compete in the season’s final competition. Chris is a talented Chef who has been working in restaurant kitchens since age 15. A graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Management (Business with a Human Resources focus), Chris attended culinary school in Oahu, Hawaii, and graduated with a dual concentration in hot food and pastry arts. Always a humble guy, Chris won’t tell you he was voted Patisserie Student of the Year! He is no stranger to competition, as he was a team co-Caption in the American Culinary Federation Competition and is a Hawaii State gold medalist. He worked as a banquet Chef for the 5 star Halekulani Resort Hotel and completed a pastry apprenticeship program at the 5 diamond and 4 star, Greenbrier Resort, under National Pastry Gold Medal Champion, Frederick Monti. At the 5 star restaurant, Hemisphere, in the Greenbrier resort, Chris also worked with Top Chef winner, Michael Voltaggio. In addition to anchoring Lloyd with Pete Cimino, Chris serves as a Bakery Manager at Wegmans.
Feed Your Soul is a company dedicated to developing and executing private and public events focused on the food and agriculture of Western New York. Founder and food writer, Christa Glennie Seychew, firmly believes that agritourism and culinary tourism are not only 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 and more information.
If you haven’t attended a Nickel City Chef competition yet, set yourself a reminder to get tickets this Friday because they’re going to sell out fast!