Described by many as Buffalo’s own version of Iron Chef, Nickel City Chef is as much about Western New York as it is about cooking and entertainment. We are privileged to live in an area with a rich history enhanced by hearty ethnic foods and one of America’s greatest contributions to casual cuisine—the chicken wing.
While these edible icons are as important to Buffalo as professional sports teams and world-class architecture, in culinary terms, they are not all that we have to offer. Nickel City Chef is designed to expose our area’s talented chefs, providing them with an arena in which to showcase dishes that may be too daring or complicated to warrant a permanent position on a restaurant’s dinner menu.
This year, Feed Your Soul Productions has teamed up with Buffalo’s Highwatermark Films to again produce shortvideo segments detailing the day’s competition.Battle Milk, featuring whole white milk and whole chocolate milk from Hoover Dairy in Sanborn, NY, took place on March 22, 2015. Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz of Craving Restaurant and his sous chef, Patrick Chmura, took on Challenger Bryan Mecozzi of Black Iron Bystro, and his sous chef Steven Ceccarelli.
Judges included Chuck Cerankosky, co-owner of Rochester’s Good Luck and Cure restaurants, chef Mark Mistriner of Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, and Jill Gedra Forster, owner of Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile.
The show was held at Artisan Kitchens & Baths in Buffalo, NY and hosted by Bert Gambini, chef Mike Andrzjewski (Seabar, Tappo, Cantina Loco, and Bourbon & Butter), and special guest, chef James Roberts, CEC of Toutant.
Many thanks to our sponsors, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Lexington Co-operative Market, Artisan Kitchens & Baths, Mansion on Delaware Avenue, H2Gro, Leonard Oakes Winery, Buffalo chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, and Independent Health’s Healthy Options.
Nickel City Chef is a Feed Your Soul Production. Feed Your Soul is owned and operated by Christa Glennie Seychew.