The chef driving Resort Havana’s Ocho restaurant and recently opened Milpa has made San Antonio culinary heritage by turning into the initial local chef to get one particular of Food items Network’s myriad cooking contests.
Jesse Kuykendall — regarded locally as “Chef Kirk” — whipped 3 other culinary pros in the course of Tuesday’s episode of Chopped by working with her know-how of Mexican and bordertown delicacies to build a peanut butter and jelly-themed food. Her successful dishes included hot pet dog quesadillas, 30-moment mole and peanut butter churros.
The long-operating Meals Network display pits 4 expert cooks versus each individual other as they transform baskets of secret components into 3-training course meals for the chance to gain $10,000.
“I’m so joyful, now I can eventually talk about it,” Kuykendall stated at a Chopped observe party Tuesday at Milpa at the Property buying complex. “I’ve got a great staff here at Milpa, we’re opening up Bodega Cats, and of system, Ocho. I would not be here without having my good friends, my group, the really like from San Antonio and Laredo.”
Whilst a lot of SA cooks have competed on Foodstuff Community exhibits these as Chopped, Conquer Bobby Flay, Iron Chef Gauntlet and Upcoming Food Community Star, by our count, Kuykendall is the initially classically educated chef to take dwelling a top prize.
In 2018, area chocolatier and baker Nacho Aguirre competed in and received year 4 of Spring Baking Championship, getting the very first confectionery professional to do so in SA.
Kuykendall, a Laredo indigenous, programs to use the winnings on a lengthy family vacation for her mother Carmen, the inspiration guiding the tacos arabes, asada and carnitas at Milpa.
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