Nickel City Chef Season 6 tickets on sale now - SOLD OUT
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • January 03, 2014 @ 9:34am
(Update: As of 11:46 a.m. on Friday, Nickel City Chef Season 6 is sold out.)
Another year, another enticing set of head-to-head cooking competitions between Buffalo’s excellent corps of chefs.
The reigning Nickel City Chefs will face a fresh slate of challengers for Season 6, and it’s not at all unheard of for a hungry newcomer to shock one of the city’s established chefs.
All of the competitions are staged at Artisan Kitchens and Baths, the beautifully restored business at 200 Amherst St. in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. Tickets are quite limited for each of the events, so act very quickly because all spots are expected to be gone before the end of today.
The event is organized and hosted by Feed Your Soul Productions founder Christa Glennie Seychew (pictured)—whom you can read about in detail here—and is judged by an esteemed panel of local and national media members as well as chefs.
See below for a quick rundown on the match-ups, including links to Buffalo.com content about the respective chefs.
Adam Goetz vs. Jeffrey Cooke, Feb. 23, 3 to 5 p.m. ($40 tickets here):
Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz, the former owner of Sample Restaurant on Allen Street and current co-owner and chef at CRAVing on Hertel, squares off against Cooke, Osteria 166’s chef that’s earning rapid respect for his modern take on Italian food right across from the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
JJ Richert vs. Lennon Lewandowski, March 9, 3 to 5 p.m. ($40 tickets here):
Rugged yet talented J.J. Richert, the main man behind Torches in Kenmore, squares off against Lennon Lewandowski from Oliver’s, the restaurant that practically breeds many of the area’s esteemed chefs.
Richert’s certainly not one to feel intimidated by competition, but he may not find easy sailing against the executive chef that has yet to reach 30 years old.
—Read about Richert’s recently opened restaurant, the Garage Deli, and also harken back to his forays at the Nickel City Chef tent at the Taste of Buffalo
—Read about Lewandowski in his short Q & A with Buffalo Spree
(Tickets for the Mansion on Delaware vs. Black Market Food Truck are already sold out. Wowzers.)
Jennifer Boye vs. Michael Dimmer, March 23, 3 to 5 p.m. ($40 tickets here):
Boye is no stranger to pleasing guests at the fancy Mansion on Delaware, but she can’t look past feisty Michael Dimmer of the Black Market Food Truck, recently voted the city’s best mobile food vendor by Buffalo Food Trucks.
Frankly, it’s a pity that either of these competitors has to lose, because they’re both exceptionally friendly people.
Brian Mietus vs. Corey Kley, April 6, 3 to 5 p.m. ($40 tickets here):
Regularly considered one of the best, if not the best, restaurants on Chippewa Street, Bacchus and head chef Brian Mietus will prepare for a showdown against Kley from the classy Rue Franklin (which actually means “Franklin Street” in French, I believe).
Both chefs have a strong background in French cuisine, which will make it interesting to see if their approaches are at all similar. Bon appetit.