Asheville chef Reza Setayesh, who owns BimBeriBon with his wife Eva, cooked his way to a win this weekend on Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.”
In the first round, Reza competed against and beat Baltimore’s Andy Gaynor, executive chef of Azumi, with a fattoush salad and celery root puree.
For the signature round, Reza went head-to-head against celebrity chef Flay.
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Setayesh claimed the win after cooking a favorite dish from West Asheville’s BimBeriBon: Jian Bing, a savory Chinese crepe.
Setayesh, an A-B Tech culinary program alum and former culinary instructor, said his training there helped prepare him for the win.
“It was an amazing experience to represent Asheville restaurants, chefs and the community,” Setayesh said in a statement released by the school.
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“Every day we try very hard to show our love and passion by cooking and serving our community and beyond. I appreciate all the support we have had over the past two and half decades, being in this special place that we call home.”
“Reza has been a champion of our programs for many years and we are so proud to be associated with this fine chef,” said Cathy Horton, director of The Brumit Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality and chair of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.
“We are equally proud that he looks back on his time in our culinary program as a bedrock of skills that helped to hone his craft and provide such a strong professional trajectory.”
A-B Tech is still accepting students for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 24.
Mackensy Lunsford has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years, and has been a staff writer for the Asheville Citizen Times since 2012. Lunsford is a former professional line cook and one-time restaurant owner.
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