Portland chef competes on Food Network’s Kitchen Inferno


Photo by Troy Bennett

It’s been a hot year for Zapoteca chef/owner Shannon Bard. She started it sizzling with a Flay take down, followed by a Beard House dinner, now the gourmet gal fans the flames higher with an appearance on Kitchen Inferno, Dec. 10.

The relative newcomer to the stove takes on well-known chefs in this pressure-fueled food challenge on the Food Network’s newest show. Host Curtis Stone oversees these fiery battles. And Bard, who also owns Mixteca in Durham, N.H., could stand to win $25,000 for her verve and velocity.

“This experience was incredibly exhilarating but also extremely difficult,” said Bard in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled and honored that I had the opportunity to compete against some of the top chefs in the country because it helps me become a better chef.”

Watch her first episode “Holiday Heat” to see if her soy sauce dessert and a dinner made from leftovers make the cut. (Something tells us it does).

All of Portland has Bard’s back, but she better open her Spanish restaurant Toroso (originally planned for Oct.) soon so we can stand a chance of trying her cuisine without an hour wait. Go Bard!

Watch party, December 10th at Glass at Hyatt Place Portland Old Port at 9:30 p.m.  

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.