We love seeing local businesses getting national attention on Food Network! Keep an eye out in April for two local chefs competing on two separate episodes of the same show.
Congrats are in order for two Albany chefs who will soon appear on separate episodes of the Food Network show “Chef Boot Camp.” Shahila Abbasi, head chef of McGeary’s Pub, and Kizzy Williams, chef-owner of Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen will be appearing on the second and fourth episodes respectively, according to the Times Union.
According to Mashed, “Chef Boot Camp” will premiere April 8 10pm ET/PT and air on Thursdays. The show stars Cliff Crooks who was a contestant on Top Chef in 2006 and has since judged various food-centric shows. According to Discovery,
“In each episode, three struggling chefs embark on a three-day boot camp with Cliff who will assess their skills in the kitchen and address their areas for improvement. After an introduction to each chef that reveals what brought them to boot camp, he gets a firsthand look and taste of one of their signature dishes to begin to understand what the issues may be. Next, the chefs must demonstrate fundamental cooking techniques of a classic dish which they must create on time and to Cliff’s satisfaction, showing their skills, knowledge, and ability in the kitchen. Then, the chefs must bring it altogether – working a fast-paced, live dinner service at one of Cliff’s restaurants, and then, finally, whipping up a creative, new dish for their restaurant owners to demonstrate their growth and progress from boot camp. Some will rise to the challenge while others will not, with the fate of their career in the hands of chef Cliff.”