A new Food Network series pits eight chefs against each other to become the new head chef presumably at the Flamingo’s mobster-themed Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse. Host Anne Burrell leads the charge on Vegas Chef Prizefight as chefs duke it out at a different restaurant within the Caesars Entertainment empire every week.
Chef Scott Conant and regional president of Caesars Entertainment Eileen Moore join Burrell every week, while special guests make appearances throughout the season that kicks off on Thursday, March 5, at 10 p.m.
The six-episode series first stops at the Caesars Test Kitchen, where contestants have to use “an ingredient beloved by high rollers and vacationers alike.” The first contestant heads home in the second episode, an evening takeover of BLT Steak at Bally’s. Next comes a Mexican dinner at Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho at the Rio with his Fieri’s son Hunter. Magician Penn Jillette, restaurateur Maximillian Chow, and chef Dicky Fung oversee the battle at Mr Chow at Caesars Palace, followed by a brunch takeover at Giada at the Cromwell with Giada De Laurentiis’s head of culinary operations Lish Steiling appearing. Another episode takes place at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. A 90-minute finale on Thursday, April 9, at 10 p.m., leaves two chefs to fight for the head chef position.
Contenders include Brittney Brown from Detroit; Jeffrey Compton from Auburn, Alabama; Julia Helton from Chicago; Jeff Kraus from Tempe, Arizona; Janey Lyu from New York City; Lamar Moore from Chicago; Roshara Sanders from Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Juan Zepeda from Denver.
And each week after the show, the Food Network showcases the featured restaurants online in Taste of the Strip.
• Vegas Chef Prizefight [Official Site]