By Andrew Z. Galarneau
If you haven't been to any of the sold-out Nickel City Chef events, check out the video below to see what you're missing. Now in its fifth season, NCC recaps its events in slick videos that let you in on the show. It may also cause hunger pangs, but that's a feature, not a bug.
Fans of Iron Chef or other cooking competition shows will recognize the format, but it's the local faces that make it interesting. On March 24, it was Carmelo Raimondi and Bruce Wieszala from Carmelo's in Lewiston, as challengers against Nickel City Chef Brian Mietus, of Bacchus, with sous Ronald Rytel.
Both teams had 60 minutes to prepare meals using the secret ingredient, De Maas Amber Ale from Buffalo "nanobrewery" Community Beer Works. The results will make you wish you were one of the judges, on this day including Ivy Knight, Toronto food writer and editor-in-chief of Swallow, Chef James Roberts of Park Country Club, who won Battle: Beer in 2011, and Chef Chris Dorsaneo of Lloyd, who won Battle: Chevre in 2012.
Watch and wonder. Then, if you are so moved, make reservations. If you like, there are lots more videos showing what some of Buffalo's best chefs can do under pressure. No ticket required.
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