Portland chef takes on Bobby Flay Thursday


We can’t say if the talented Shannon Bard filets Flay tomorrow night on the Food Network, but we will be dialed in at 10 p.m. for her debut on “Beat Bobby Flay.

The chef/owner of Zapoteca on Fore Street is in Spain perfecting her paella game for the opening of her new tapas joint Tororos, so no viewing party is planned.

Bard and Kamal Rose, executive chef of the Tribeca Grill in New York, step up to the stove to try to beat Flay in this smokey smack down. 

The episode called “Up in Smoke” is built for the bold, Beard-approved blonde.

Her fire-roasted tomato and jalapeno entrees washed down with habanero watermelon margaritas (yes please) are high on the heat index. We will see how she survives under the pressure of the Klieg lights. 

According to Variety, the network just approved another 26 episodes of the new series. What other Maine chefs would you like to see fricassee Flay?

Cal Hancock of Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Topsham beat him in a  mac and cheese throwdown in 2010. I’d like to see Jay Villani take him swine for swine.

Pinetree power activate!



Kathleen Pierce

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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.