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Firing Line, Buffalo's answer to 'Chopped,' to crown champ Sunday

A field of six up-and-coming Buffalo chefs have been narrowed to two competitors, who compete Sunday for the title of Firing Line champion. Remaining tickets ($32) are on sale here for the event at Artisan Kitchens, 200 Amherst St.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the chefs will vie for the judges' nod as a watching crowd noshes on snazzy hors d'oeuvres. 

Rounds one and two, on Nov. 7 and 14, produced finalists Donald Cook of Sample, and Teddy Bryant of Lloyd taco truck, of all places. (Check out video wrap-ups of the first two rounds here.)

While Bryant may be slinging tacos at present, his deep resume includes a stint as sous chef at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Cook came to Sample from five years cooking in New York City, including the Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate.

On Sunday, the first challenge is preparing a dish in 20 minutes, with chefs allowed to bring some ingredients.

The second and final round is a market basket challenge, with chefs allowed 40 minutes to create a dish from a surprise array of provisions.

Their efforts will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including restaurant critics Julia Burke and Andrew Galarneau, and Chef Steve Gedra of the highly rated Bistro Europa. The event is produced by Feed Your Soul Productions, which also produces Nickel City Chef, which begins its fifth season in February with tickets going on sale Jan. 4.


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