Jen Biesty Will Compete on Chopped

The episode will entail fuzzy veggies and "a shocking meat."


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Jen Biesty, chef and co-owner of Oakland's Shakewell restaurant and bar, will compete on a forthcoming episode of Food Network's Chopped series.

She'll be one of four mealsmiths aiming to win $10,000 during the Sept. 17 episode, titled "Weird, Wacky, and Wild!"

As explained by the network, the chefs will "face baskets filled with some of the most bizarre ingredients imaginable. To start, a strange pig part is the bombshell in the appetizer basket. The competitors then open up their second basket to find a fuzzy vegetable and a shocking meat. Finally, the unusual ingredients in the dessert round include an eye opening, oddly named sweet treat."

This is not Biesty's first TV appearance. 

The Brooklyn-born Culinary Institute of America grad — whose résumé includes Bizou, Scala's, and Jardinière in San Francisco as well as the River Café London, where she worked alongside British celebrity chefs Ruth Rodgers, Rose Grey, and Jamie Oliver — was named a Rising Star Chef in 2007. Seven years later, shortly after competing on Bravo's Top Chef Season 4, she launched Shakewell in the Grand Lake district with business partner and executive pastry chef Tim Nugent. 

It has since become a perennial pick on Eater's "Essential East Bay Restaurants" list and in Oakland Magazine's annual "Best of Oakland" issue, and also featured on an episode of KQED's Check, Please! Bay Area.

The Chopped episode will air again at midnight on Sept. 18. 

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