LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28:  Chef Bobby Flay attends the 11th annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting event presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Chase Sapphire and Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Nevada at Caesars Palace on April 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)
What It's Really Like To Be A Contestant On Beat Bobby Flay
By Arianna Endicott
Food Network broadcasts a variety of competition shows, some featuring chefs competing against each other for the winning title. "Beat Bobby Flay" allows contestants to compete against well-known chefs, and Chef Cam Waron told The Takeout all about his experience on "Beat Bobby Flay" when he competed in Season 31, Episode 5 ("Bobby's Besties").
Chef Cam Waron said that after filling out the application and undergoing two separate Zoom interviews (via The Takeout), he received an email confirming that he had been chosen to compete on the show. Food Network then flew him to New York and arranged his hotel stay for the day he spent on the set.
After arriving on the set, he and the contestants were allowed a few minutes to come up with a dish after being given the "secret ingredient," but once the 20-minute timer started, Waron was on a strict time limit. From the ingredients to the judges, he said everything was kept a secret until the very last second.
Although Waron did not win, he had a great experience overall. He enjoyed interacting with the production staff, got a free trip to New York, and had a unique experience by stepping outside his comfort zone.