It was a big Sunday for Wichita chef Jason Febres, owner of Taste & See, 255 N. Washington.
Not only did he appear on Alton Brown’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” for a second time (with reruns scheduled throughout the week), but on the same day, he officially opened his new speakeasy, Gianni Bacci’s, in downtown Wichita.
First, the television appearance.
Febres first was a contestant on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” a year ago. The show pits three chefs against each other in a cooking competition and offers them ways to sabotage each other along the way. Febres came in second on his first appearance.
A week ago, the network launched a special “Cutthroat Kitchen” tournament called “Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious.” It brought back 16 former contestants that the network described as “not just a wicked-good competitor but rather a contender on a whole new level of evil.”
Febres was among that group.
They flew him to California for the filming several months ago, he said, and the show aired on Sunday night. The episode, titled “Frying First Class,” will rerun at (DVR ALERT) 10 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. SPOILER ALERT: Febres is eliminated during the episode.
Don’t worry, though. He hints – and has posted on Facebook – about another television appearance coming up in his near future.
Gianni’s Bacci’s is at 301 N. Washington, right across the street from his Taste & See in Old Town.
He describes the business as a speakeasy, a sort of after-hours bar. Though it serves some upscale bar food, it’s meant as a place for people to meet up for drinks before or after dinner, he said.
The menu features wines by the glass, whiskey drinks, beer, cocktails and appetizers including wings and a meatball slider. It’ll be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from noon to 2 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.