So, who’s dish is on the chopping block? Hopefully not chef Michael Nelson of GW Fins! The famed French Quarter restaurant has announced their Executive Chef will be competing on the first episode of Chopped: Alton’s Challenge. In the special five-part tournament, author and television personality Alton Brown will take over the Chopped kitchen and infuse mystery baskets with ingredients related to the science and physics of cooking and food. Each week, a select handful of chefs from across the country will create three rounds of dishes to impress a rotating panel of judges. The winners of the four preliminary rounds will then face off in the finale for a $50,000 prize. Nelson will be participating in part one of the series, which the Food Network advertises:
Food Network describes the episode as follows: “To kick off the appetizer basket, Alton demonstrates the mad science of champagne and the competitors embrace a fermentation theme. A strange, stringy Japanese specialty is the talk of the entrée round, and an unusual cake inspires some unusual choices in the dessert round.”
The episode will air nationally on the Food Network on Tuesday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m. CST.
GW Fins is also gearing up for LobsterFeast, an annual tradition featuring a plethora of soups, salads, appetizers, and entrees that highlight Maine Lobster. Starting Friday, September 15th until Saturday, September 23rd Chef Nelson and Tenney Flynn will be offering a variety of lobster-centric dishes a la carte. The LobsterFeast menu will change daily, although the restaurant’s famed Lobster Bisque and Lobster Dumplings, Green Curry Lobster Pot and a Baked Whole Lobster with Crabmeat Stuffing will certainly be making appearances throughout the week. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 504-581-3467.