Category Archives: Chef Race

Chef Race Episode 1 Rewrites: Tequila, Tacos, and Sushi in the Bathroom


Contrary to that reaction shot above, which appeared on screen during the first few minute’s of Tuesday’s premiere, I was not at all surprised by the fact that we were starting in LA with no money, no food, and no prospect of a bed at the end of the night. It was probably the 5th take, somewhere after our team swagger shots and the helicopter aerials, and somewhere before we broke for lunch, our last meal.

But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t nervous. Anyone who caught my “squeeze an onion” comment could tell I was peeing my proverbial pants (especially when Richard Corrigan, and his Havana nights linens, were around).… Continue Reading

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Chef Race: Virtual Viewing Party, All-American Potluck & Giveaway!


I can’t believe the Chef Race: UK vs. US 2-hour season premiere is only hours away! The heart palpitations have begun, so I’m going to spend my day in the kitchen distracting myself. I’m making chili and cornbread for my real life team of friends, who are going to be feeding me alcohol and providing other types of moral support in spades as tonight’s show hits the small screen.

Since I can’t fit all of you into my small studio apartment to watch with me, I’ve put together this virtual viewing party potluck with lots of fabulous bloggers from around the web who shared their favorite American dishes below.… Continue Reading

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Chef Race: Meet Cody Utzman, the Restaurateur Bathed in Brooklyn


Here he is folks: the last member of team USA, and perhaps the most controversial. Check out this video to see why.

When I met Cody, the first thing I noticed was that Brooklyn had seemingly thrown up all over him. Skinny jeans, ironic suspenders, arm tattoos galore. As a New Yorker, I say this with love.

I also soon learned that Cody cared more about his hair than any other member of team US. Yes, even more than Don. I mentioned this fun fact last night as I was watching the sneak peek of episode 1 on BBC America.… Continue Reading

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Chef Race: Meet Don PV, the Madonna of the Culinary World


I’m winding down my coverage of Chef Race Team USA‘s “all-American” recipes. To review, click here. Today, I’m very excited to present to you the one and only, fabulous Chef Don Peavy (PV). To try to explain the shenanigans of Team US on the road, I sent my parents this video of Don. My dad just responded: “yikes.”

Chef PV is the Madonna of the food world with a culinary history informed by the various chefs in his family. Growing up among the oil field elites in Texas, Don’s fancy private school friends from abroad gave him some of his early food experiences and helped developed his fearless palate.… Continue Reading

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Chef Race: Meet Chef Robin, She Ain’t No Southern Bell


The Chef Race premiere is three days away!! I’ve got three more chefs from Team USA to introduce you to (if you need to review, check out Ronaldo, Pippa, Stan, and Bianca). Today, we’ve got Chef & Trainer Robin Bodwin.

Despite her tough exterior, I knew Robin and I would get along when I saw how much purple she wore, and when I saw the fear in her eyes when she asked if we could bring snack bars in our backpacks, and was swiftly denied. I packed two industrial-sized boxes of Kind Bars in my suitcase, so it was nice to hear that someone else was not only as prepared as I was, but equally cranky when hungry.… Continue Reading

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Chef Race: Meet Bianca, our Resident Flour Girl


Leading up to the premiere of Chef Race on October 2nd, I’ll be introducing you to all my fellow chefs from Team USA and sharing some of their special “all-American” recipes. So far, we’ve got an Ex-Marine, a NY Times Two-Star Chef, and the Drummer from Sugar Ray. Today, I bring you the “flour” girl who owns more red dresses than anyone I know: Bianca!

The first thing I noticed about Bianca was, wow, that woman really took the personal color scheme memo to heart. But when I found out she owns her own dessert catering company, I deeply respected her marketing savvy and desire to stay on-brand down to the fishnets and character shoes.… Continue Reading

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