TV chef Robert Irvine's latest Food Network show will feature a Las Vegas chef in a bid to win a gig at a local resort restaurant. Restaurant Express will begin and end its first season in Las Vegas and include the challengers traveling around the country cooking and competing on a large bus.
Kimmy Moy, a self-described "Ninja Chef," will join eight other hopefuls to be whittled down by Irvine for the chance to become an executive chef at the M Resort. The Henderson resort is being inscrutability silent about which restaurant that might be. Eater Vegas has previously revealed the property recently trademarked the name Jayde Fuzion for an unannounced, future food concept.
Kimmy Moy's official bio has been released by the network and should help sway your support. "After a devastating car accident left her unable to work, Kimmy, 46, closed her restaurant in Cincinnati before moving to Las Vegas. She's the daughter of a master chef and now works as a waitress, a job that leaves her unfulfilled. Kimmy knows that opening another restaurant is what she needed to once again feel complete."
You can watch her successful video pitch to appear on the show here. Loyal Las Vegans can begin rooting for the home team when the show begins airing on Nov. 3.
Here are more details on her stiff competition.
Jan Charles (Greeneville, Tenn.)
Jan, 44, is a home cook and longtime Food Network fan. In addition to providing for her own four children, she is now mother to her three nieces and nephews, and hopes that a restaurant would offer her new opportunities for financial growth.
Eric Gitenstein (Phoenix)
A chef who's ready to take the next step in his career, Eric, 30, is a supper club owner who believes his business practice and time in the kitchen will give him the tools to be successful in the competition. Eric hopes to own his own restaurant so he can make the final culinary decisions.
Adam Goldgell (St. James, N.Y.)
A longtime executive chef, Adam, 46, is ready to own his own eatery, where he can design his own menu and cook the food he wants. A professional chef for more than 12 years, Adam takes a lot of pride in his work and when he cooks something, he's not satisfied unless someone tells him it's the best thing they have ever tasted.
Johnathan Hurley (Los Angeles)
A brain injury took away the ability to taste and smell from Army veteran Johnathan, 31, who enrolled in culinary school before some of his sensory perceptions started coming back to him. He specializes in elegant meals — ones that he promises are far from bland — and hopes to open a fine-dining restaurant.
Seonkyoung Longest (Columbus, Miss.)
Born and raised in South Korea, Seonkyoung, 29, grew up working in her family's restaurant before moving to Mississippi. She used the Food Network as a means of adjusting to life in the United States, and it even helped her learn English. Seonkyoung is a home cook who's passionate about Asian-inspired dishes featuring signature spiciness.
Bianca Rose (Los Angeles)
After enduring several tragedies, Bianca, 35, decided to follow her longtime passion for cooking, and she is now a culinary school graduate and chef. Bianca is confident that with her desire and combined experience in business and the kitchen, she'll ultimately earn her own restaurant, a would-be tapas lounge.
Patrick Ruocco (Danville, Va.)
A private chef, Patrick, 34, moved from Los Angeles to his hometown of Danville to run his own restaurant, but right before opening, his business associate stole his life savings. He's eager to leave small-town America for the big city and provide for his family with his own eatery.
Ameerah Watson (Atlanta)
A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Ameerah, 27, is a private chef and single mother who works multiple jobs to provide for her daughter. Owning her own restaurant would mean that Ameerah could pay tribute to her late brother and ultimately offer her daughter a bright future. Ameerah enjoys lighter Southern fare, but also has a penchant for date night-designed meals.
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