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Thursday, July 9, 2009

New TV Series Drops Incanto Chef Chris Cosentino into Urban Combat

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 2:28 PM

click to enlarge Cosentino (left) and Sanchez: Will crisp new Converse low-tops give them an edge? - FOOD NETWORK
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  • Cosentino (left) and Sanchez: Will crisp new Converse low-tops give them an edge?
An upcoming Food Network series pits chefs and civilians in guerrilla conflict to sniff out various cities' best chow. Chef vs. City will feature Bay Area meat-man chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto and Boccalone fame. The show premieres August 7. Cosentino's partner in crime: New York chef Aarón Sanchez. Each episode, the duo journeys to a different American city. In a twist straight outta The Amazing Race, they will challenge, in the words of Chef's press release, "two local foodies in an action-packed food adventure to locate that city's biggest, boldest, most unexpected food places."

Food Network spokesperson Lisa Krueger laid out the show's dynamics for us. As chefs, Cosentino and Sanchez are supposed to possess superior instincts for finding superior food. On the other hand, their local foodie challengers know the terrain better. "Each team begins with a clue leading them to their first food challenge," she said. Those challenges? Maybe grape-stomping at a winery, diving for sea urchins, or eating spicy-as-hell chili. Hmm.

Look for New York City on August 7; Vegas, baby, on August 14th, Chi-town on August 21st, and SF on August 28th. The EssEff episode pits the two against a couple of women Food Network calls local chefs, Anna Wankel and Melissa Perello, in five challenges (but won't Cosentino have an edge in his own city?). Expect subsequent episodes in L.A., Boston, and New Orleans.

In other TV news, SFoodie has it on great authority that Cosentino's appearance on the Bay Area episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations should debut in August, too.

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