Seattle-area chefs take part in Food Network’s ‘Beachside Brawl’ show


Two Seattle-area chefs are competing in Fight by the beach, a new Food Network show that pits chefs from the east and west coasts against each other to determine which coast offers the best summer cuisine.

Kaleena Bliss, the Conversation Seattle chef who has already won a Chopped competition, and Bryan Madayag, the owner of Filipino restaurant Barkada in Edmonds, are members of the West Coast team led by Excellent chef former Brooke Williamson. The show premiered on June 19, and the next episode will be on Bravo at 11 a.m. on June 24. The season was filmed in Redondo Beach, California in March. One team member will receive the title “Best of the Beach” and receive a $25,000 beach getaway.

According The Seattle Times, it was a friendly competition, and Madayag and Bliss became friends through the experience.

Two Washington-born chefs appear on PBS show Great American Recipe

Seattle-born celebrity chef Graham Elliot is a judge in the new PBS home cooking competition Excellent American recipe, while German Nikki Tomaino, who grew up in Kenmore and now lives in Idaho, is a candidate. The show will air at 9 p.m. on June 24 on KCTS 9.

The prize for the winning contestant is to have a recipe published on the cover of a cookbook with the same name as the show on August 12. According The Seattle Times, German Tomaino’s dishes will feature dishes and ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, inspired by his upbringing in Seattle.

Seattle-born baking group Subtle Asian Baking is raising money for AAPI-owned businesses

Subtle Asian Baking, a hugely popular online baking group that has become an AAPI pride and fundraising community for AAPI causes during the pandemic, is raising money to support AAPI home bakers and small business owners. The GoFundMe fundraiser has raised just over $1,000 so far, and funds will be donated to support bakers with legal fees, supplies, marketing, and other small business expenses. The group, which now has more than 300,000 members worldwide, has already raised tens of thousands of dollars for causes such as Stop AAPI Hate.

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