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Editor's Note: This story is unlocked for everyone to read courtesy of the CRVA, our partner in nourishing culinary exploration for residents and visitors of the Queen City.

January 6, 2021

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte chef to compete on Food Network

Whitney Thomas will cook against Bobby Flay


Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte chef de cuisine Whitney Thomas competes on Beat Bobby Flay. Photo by Peter Taylor

Editor’s update: While Thomas did not beat Monsour to advance and cook against Flay, her shrimp over polenta with ‘nduja gravy impressed the judges, as did her techniques. “Whitney is tasting and tasting,” Geoffrey Zakarian said. “That’s a sign of a great chef.” While her shrimp was cooked perfectly, the chefs believed her dish needed an element to add brightness.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte chef de cuisine Whitney Thomas will appear on Food Network this week. Thomas will compete on Beat Bobby Flay, a longstanding cooking competition on Food Network where two chefs compete head on for a chance to cook against chef Bobby Flay with their signature dish. 

Thomas’ episode will air on Thursday, January 7 at 8 p.m. Episode 8 of season 26 titled “Don’t Be Salty” features guest judges Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson from The Kitchen, a cooking talk show on Food Network. 

“It was definitely a wild experience, thinking on your feet times 10,” Thomas says. “It was my first time on TV but I’ve got the itch and I’m ready to do it again!”

For the chance to compete against Flay, Thomas must first beat chef Sammy Monsour of Los Angeles in a mystery ingredient challenge picked by Bobby Flay. Thomas joins the growing number of Charlotte chefs that have competed on Food Network the past year.  

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