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Wichita chef will appear on NBC cooking competition ‘Food Fighters’

From Season 1 of “Food Fighters”
From Season 1 of “Food Fighters” Courtesy of NBC

Wichita chef Jason Febres’ television resume just keeps getting longer.

Febres, who owns Taste and See in Old Town as well as the new Gianni Bacci’s bar across the street, says he will appear this summer on an episode of the NBC cooking competition show “Food Fighters,” which pits home chefs against professional chefs. The series premiered last summer, and the second season starts on July 2.

Febres, who appears as one of the professional chefs, said producers of “Food Fighters” learned about him from his previous television appearances on shows like SPIKE TV’s “Bar Rescue” and Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” the Alton Brown-hosted cooking show that Febres has appeared on twice. He also was a contestant on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

They flew him to Hollywood a month ago for a taping at Universal Studios, Febres said. Although he can’t discuss any details of the episode in which he appears, he said he was given 20 minutes to try to outdo a home cook preparing one of his or her famous recipes.

“This one probably has been the hardest one I have done yet,” he said. “I finished probably on the very last second.”

“Food Fighters” is hosted by Adam Richman, famous for hosting “Man v. Food” on the Travel Channel. Among the celebrity chefs who competed on the first season were Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso and Casey Thompson.

Though Febres doesn’t know the exact air date of his episode, when he finds out, he will announce details of a watch party he’s planning. Febres said he will close down his Taste & See for the event. He’ll post information about the watch party on his Facebook page, Chef Jason Febres.

Also, Aviator Church at 200 W. Greenway in Derby will feature Febres as part of its services at 9:30 and 11 a.m on Sunday. Febres will be cooking on stage with Pastor Joe Boyd as Boyd relates his Sunday message to what Febres is doing. Anyone can attend.

“We believe that the Bible talks a lot about food and faith, and we just wanted to tie those together,” said church spokesman Chris Cerna.

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