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Celebrate International Chefs Day with a very New Orleans cooking show

Thursday, Oct. 20 is International Chefs Day 2022. Celebrate on the sofa by binge watching our local chefs on “Blind Kitchen: New Orleans.”

by Mary Staes | October 20, 2022

Today is International Chefs Day! In New Orleans, we have no shortage of great places to eat, and not only do we love our food, but we love the people that cook it. 

Want to celebrate local chefs on International Chefs Day? Check out our show “Blind Kitchen: New Orleans.” Stream all of the episodes for free on the Very Local app

In this quirky food competition series, local chefs recreate each other’s signature dish, but they can only determine what the dish is using their senses of taste, touch and smell. Each chef is blindfolded during a down-and-dirty guessing phase and when the masks come off, the heat is on, with both chefs cooking what they believe is their opponent’s creation.

Here are the chefs featured in Season One:

Creole Cook-Off: In this episode, Eric Cook, chef and owner of Gris-Gris and Saint John, and Ericka Lassair, chef and founder of Diva Dawg, go toe-to-toe with creole corn maque choux and an etoufee jambalaya potato.

Et Tu, Chicken Liver: In this episode, Aaron Villeda, chef and co-owner of Bao Mi, and Bergen Carman, Chef De Cuisine at Meril, face off cooking seafood tapado and chicken liver mousse with cheddar biscuits.

More Than A Feeling:  Mark Quiroz aka Estrada, chef at the House of Blues, and Linda Green, The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, face off to see who can recreate albondigas soup and shrimp and sausage potatoes.

Let’s Dance: Octavio Ycaza, chef and board member with Good Trouble Network and Chef Scott, founder and chef of Chef Scott’s Creole BBQ, create tiradito and creole bouillabaisse.

Deceiving Dishes: Chef Nathaniel Zimet of Boucherie at Bourrée goes up against Chef Peter Kusiw of La Provence.The two make wood-fired watermelon carpaccio and sous vide duck with crawfish and curry wontons.

Rematch: Cristina Quackenbush, chef/owner of Milkfish, and Jennifer Cole, executive chef at the Laurel Oak restaurant in the Magnolia Hotel, create chicken adobo and sopa de ajo.

All’s Fair In Love and War: Daren Porretto, chef de cuisine of Saint John, and Amy Mehrtens, executive chef at Copper Vine, create tuna tartare and okonomiyaki.

Who’s Got the Sauce: Jas Rogers, chef/owner of Saucex Dat, and Aaron Poret, sous chef at Bywater American Bistro, create cornbread and cabbage fritters and snapper beurre blanc.

Binge-watch more shows all about New Orleans

In addition to “Blind Kitchen: New Orleans,” we’ve got lots more local shows that you can stream for free. Check out “My Amazing Cheap Date: New Orleans” for great date ideas and “Eat Play Stay: New Orleans” to discover some of the best weekend getaways near the Crescent City. Download the Very Local app to stream all of the episodes for free!

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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