The March 28 episode of Food Network's "Chopped" will be sprinkled with local flavor.
Buffalo State College alum Lazarus Lynch, known better through his brand, Son of a Southern Chef, and his robust YouTube channel, will compete to win $50,000 for 4-H at 10 p.m. in an episode entitled "Web Stars." Lynch will compete against three other contestants, with one disqualified - or "chopped" - after each round.
Competitors are judged by a three-person panel and must incorporate four mystery ingredients into their dishes in each of the three rounds, broken into an appetizer, entree and dessert. The last chef standing wins.
According to the Food Network's show preview, the major secret ingredient for the appetizer will be blood sausage, duck will be the focus of the entree round, and a Japanese frozen dessert and instant breakfast food will be key in the final round.
Lynch graduated from Buffalo State in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science, focused in communications. He was an occasional contributor to the student-run newspaper, the Buffalo State Record, writing a column on food and health and starring in cooking videos. Through his Facebook page, Lynch praises 4-H for giving him his start in cooking, explaining his charity of choice.
A Buffalo State Record profile, from 2015, delves deeper into Lynch's rise as a chef, including a stop as a Food Network intern, so perhaps his familiarity with the environment will aid him in the challenge.