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Nickel City Firing Line Finale

Food lovers and fans of the Food Network series “Chopped” will have one more opportunity to check out the live, local version produced by Feed Your Soul. The third and final competition in the Nickel City Firing Line series will take place this Sunday, Dec. 2 at Artisan Kitchens & Baths. Chefs Teddy Bryant of Lloyd Taco Truck and D.J. Cook of Sample restaurant will face-off in the kitchen before a live audience to see who will be chosen the Firing Line Champion.
If you missed out on the first two rounds of the series, you can check out video highlights on the Nickel City Chef website. Firing Line is set up similarly to the competitions on “Chopped,” but with its own live audience format. In part one of the final competition, each chef will be given a basket of mandatory secret ingredients from which he must prepare an entrée in under 45 minutes. The second half will be a dessert challenge, where each chef will have 20 minutes to create a dessert using one secret ingredient and a basic pantry.
Chef Teddy Bryant was chosen the winner of the first round match on Nov. 7, which also included Chef James Gehrke of Mike A at Hotel Lafayette and Chef Jason LaMotte of The Conference & Event Center in Niagara Falls. The contenders created dishes using local ingredients, including ground pork from T-Meadow Farms, celeriac and kale from Promised Land CSA, and bonito flakes. Chef Bryant is graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who has worked in numerous restaurants in Las Vegas as a butcher, grill cook, and sous chef. He currently holds the position of sous chef for Lloyd Taco Truck.
The second match took place on Nov. 14, when Chef D.J. Cook of Sample won the challenge against Chef Daniel Kirby of Seabar and Chef Anthony Petrilli of Park Country Club. This competition featured heritage chicken from Painted Meadows, kohlrabi and Chantenay carrots from Arden Farms, and whole pitted dates as the secret ingredients. Chef Cook is a Buffalo native who graduated from the French Culinary Institute and spent the last five years working in New York at the Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate and as a tournant at Pulino’s. 
The series finale will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the kitchen showroom at Artisan Kitchens & Baths, located at 200 Amherst Street. Hosting the event will be Bert Gambini, Chef Mike Andrzejewski, and Chef Adam Goetz of Sample. The competition will be judged by restaurant critics Julia Burke of Buffalo Spree and Andrew Galarneau of The Buffalo News, as well as Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Tickets can be purchased online at
Artisan Kitchens and Baths
200 Amherst Street  
Buffalo, NY 14226
(716) 873-4100

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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