On March 3, D.C. will find out if one of its own has the chops to beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a new Food Network show. Jennifer Nguyen, the executive chef of Zentan, will be among the first competitors in "Beat Bobby Flay," which pits two chefs head-to-head in an ingredient-specific challenge, before choosing a winner to compete against Flay. The chef who goes on to the second round creates his or her signature dish, and Flay must come up with his own interpretation of it. If Flay's version is not as good as the original, the visiting chef is crowned the winner.
Nguyen, who came to Zentan last April, taped her episode in Brooklyn in December. In the first round, she's up against Kentucky chef Anthony Lamas. Chef Jonathan Waxman and the Food Network's Sunny Anderson are the judges who will determine whether or not Nguyen makes it to the next round to go up against Flay. The preview episode featuring Nguyen will air Monday at 10 p.m.; the show will get its official debut Thursday, March 6 at 10 p.m.
Nguyen joins a long list of local chefs who have competed on cooking shows. Here's where you can try their food:
Show: "The Next Iron Chef"
Where to try his food: Farrah Olivia
Show: "Top Chef"
Where to try his food: TD Burger
Show: "Top Chef," "Top Chef All Stars"
Outcome: Eliminated from both
Where to try her food: Area Whole Foods stores carry her mini cookies
Show: "Chopped," "Next Food Network Star"
Outcome: Eliminated from Chopped; runner-up in "Next Food Network Star"
Where to try his food: Dangerously Delicious
Where to try his food: Beuchert's
Show: "Top Chef"
Where to try his food: Seasonal Pantry
Show: "Throwdown with Bobby Flay"
Where to try her food: Thai Basil
Note: This list is not all-inclusive. We didn't include chefs who work for non-profits, educational institutions or as private chefs on this list. Additionally, some chefs who represented D.C. restaurants on TV have since left for opportunities elsewhere.