Bard versus Flay, Portland chef on Food Network


Things just keep getting rosier for Shannon Bard. A week after the Portland chef premiered at the James Beard House, the owner of Zapoteca announces her Food Network debut on the brand new Beat Bobby Flay.


If Bard, known for killer Mexican moles and bold combinations, KO’s fellow cooks in the kitchen she may go head to head with Flay. Can the late-bloomer, who went pro three years ago, outcook the Iron Chef?

The show debuts March 6th on the Food Network. Go Shannon go!

We hear Bard is still on the hunt for a downtown location for Toroso, her new Spanish tapas joint. If she fillets Flay in primetime it will be SRO.

Wonder if the recently vacated Mesa Verde on Congress Street is on her list? Word up to Maine’s female chefs.



Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.