Boston restaurateur Tiffani Faison gained the 3rd year of the culinary competitors display “Tournament of Champions” Sunday night, getting property $100,000 — the biggest cash prize in the history of the Foods Network.
Faison took a crack from helming her numerous Boston eateries — Italian restaurant Orfano and Sweet Cheeks barbecue, each in the Fenway, and Bubble Tub and other individuals in the new downtown Large Street Area foodstuff hall, all less than her Major Coronary heart Hospitality restaurant group — to look on the show, hosted by Male Fieri.
The clearly show, which commenced with 32 contestants, is structured as a bracket-style competition, with prime East Coast and West Coast chefs pitted against just about every other. They whip up meals identified by a randomizer device that assigns a protein, a different component, a piece of gear, a type of cooking, and a time allotment. At first, Faison — who also competed in the next time of “Tournament of Champions” — was placed in the third seed for her area.
In the finale, Faison went head-to-head with the time a person winner, Los Angeles chef Brooke Williamson. Their assignment? To cook dinner rabbit and nattō (a Japanese fermented soybean) on an anti-griddle, getting ready just one of the ingredients 3 different strategies in an hour. Faison emerged victorious with, amongst other dishes, a fried rabbit leg atop a puree of sweet potato and nattō.
“Tournament of Champions is the toughest, most tough cooking competitors in the planet,” claimed Faison in a push launch. “It can take each individual ounce of information, working experience, grit, and battle you have to thrive. I learned a lot more about myself with each and every fight and I uncovered a lot more how deeply talented the other warriors in this event are. Each and every 7 days is a examination that demands your complete coronary heart to demonstrate up and then can take your breath absent.”
Faison, who was named a James Beard finalist for the Best Chef: Northeast award very last month, is no stranger to high-stakes cooking competitions. She was the runner-up in the 1st season of “Top Chef,” and is a regular judge on “Chopped,” also on the Food stuff Community.
The third year of “Tournament of Champions,” the channel’s greatest-rated collection to day in 2022, is now streaming on discovery+.
“Winning has been one of the most affirming and fulfilling experiences of my lifestyle,” stated Faison. “It is the literal culmination of the get the job done, determination, and devotion I have invested in my job. I’m so deeply grateful for this possibility. This is magic.”
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