Chef and culinary nutrition expert Diane Hendricks has been announced as the host of the Culinary Battles Finale, which will decide the ‘Supreme Asian Chef’ out of top contenders from the East and West Coasts. The grand finale will take place at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on April 26th.
Representing the East Coast are Jay Cho and Dave Park, who won the semifinal round in Atlantic City. Cho is currently obtaining his degree from the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in restaurants in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Seoul.
Dave Park has worked previously under Grant Achatz, Takashi Yagihashi, and is set to open his restaurant ‘hanbun’ in Chicago next spring.
Representing the West Coast are Chris Oh and Perry Cheung. Chef Oh is the chef behind Seoul Sausage and has previously won competitions on Cutthroat Kitchen and Knife Fight. Perry Cheung is the owner of Phorage restaurant in Los Angeles.
Judges will include Master Chef Joe Poon, Iron Chef challenger and celebrity chef Jet Tila, and James Beard award-winning food writer Damon Gambuto.
“I am thrilled to showcase Asian cuisine along with an entertainment giant such as Caesars,” said Hendricks. “Everyone loves and deserves good food and this is a wonderful platform to celebrate the Asian community, culture, and cuisine.”
The Culinary Battles Finale is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reserve tickets now.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.