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Blind Kitchen: Battle of the Titans

Kasara Donnelly

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In this episode, Dave Becker, chef and owner of Sweet Basil, and Eric Leblanc, culinary director of Red Heat Tavern and Burtons Grill & Bar, face off to see who can recreate each other’s signature dish. 

Each recreated meal will be judged on:

  • Percentage of correct ingredients 
  • Similarities in flavor and plating
  • Re-creation as a standalone dish

Chef Dave Becker: Pasta Bolognese

Chef Dave Becker is the chef and owner of the restaurant Sweet Basil in Needham. Despite saying he didn’t think his childhood self would have predicted this to be his future, Chef Dave could likely credit some of his success to his own motto – show up and make the best food you can, every day.

Signature Dish: Pasta Bolognese 

Beef, pasta, carrots, onions, port wine, dried fruit, tomatoes, walnuts, Greek yogurt

Chef’s Choice Charity: The Nick Katsiroubas Foundation

The Nick Katsiroubas Foundation works to help lessen food insecurity in the Boston area. The Foundation fills Community Fridges with produce, and raises money that goes to support other food-insecurity initiatives.

Chef Eric Leblanc: Spinach Falafel

Chef Eric Leblanc wears a lot of hats. He’s always trying to expand his craft and likes to learn as much as he can within the culinary world, all while keeping an open mind. It shows, because Chef Eric is the culinary director at Red Heat Tavern and Burtons Grill & Bar.

Signature Dish: Spinach Falafel 

Chickpeas, za’atar, spinach, harissa, feta, pita, everything seasoning, sour cream, onions

Chef’s Choice Charity: No Kid Hungry

Launched in 2010 by Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry is a national campaign that aims to end childhood hunger through access to free meals at schools, grants to other community groups and schools, and so much more.

Meet the Judge: Scott Kearnan

Scott Kearnan is a food and entertainment editor at Boston magazine.

Want to see who wins?

You can watch this episode, Blind Kitchen: Battle of the Titans, on the Very Local channel. You can stream all of the episodes of Blind Kitchen for free. 

Looking for more Boston eats…

We’ve got more episodes of Blind Kitchen for you to stream on the Very Local channel. 

Plus, check out our guide to the best international food stores in Boston, and learn more about the history of America’s first chocolate mill in Lower Mills. 

If you are looking to catch your own lunch, check out this episode of “Finding Adventure” to learn more about lobstering in Portland, Maine. 

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