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One of Food Network’s fiery shows of the summer, BBQ Brawl, premieres June 14, 2021 featuring North Texas pitmaster Brendan Lamb.
Lamb is the owner of Smiley’s Craft Barbecue, which opened in 2018 in Roanoke. He is one of two Texans among the 12 contestants on the show: There’s also Ara Malekian, former executive chef for Wolfgang Puck and current pitmaster at Harlem Road Texas BBQ in Richmond, Texas, west of Houston. (In a list of the top 25 new barbecue joints by Texas Monthly in 2019, writer Daniel Vaughn called Malekian “the Indiana Jones of Texas barbecue” — and we’re intrigued to see him in action on BBQ Brawl.)
It’s BBQ Brawl’s second season, and Food Network has juiced up the show with more contestants than the first season, and a third celebrity chef team captain. This time, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and new addition Eddie
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Chapel Hill chef Dan Jackson is the latest Triangle culinary star to appear on the Food Network.
Jackson, who is the executive chef of the new Chapel Hill Italian restaurant Osteria Georgi, will compete on “Chopped” Tuesday, June 15 at 9 p.m.
“I always wanted to do one of the cooking competitions,” Jackson said. “The reason I got into cooking was more the competition of it, the athleticism of it. You have to move well behind the line and think on the fly as a line cook. You have to use your movements and know what pan to grab and what needs to happen.”
“Chopped,” the long-running Food Network culinary competition hosted by Ted Allen, features four chefs cooking surprise ingredients from a basket, with the worst dish in each round sending one chef home.
Jackson spent most of his cooking career in New York, including stints in Danny