Maine native Christian Hayes, chef and owner of Dandelion Catering in Yarmouth, will compete on the March 20th episode of ‘Chopped’, entitled “Pork on the Brain.” Christian released a statement via his website, Dandelion Catering today, “I am excited for the chance to be a part of such a cool experience, and incredibly humbled to represent Maine in the Chopped kitchen” says Hayes. He was reluctant to jump on board when urged by many to answer the casting call. Finally, he had a change of heart, and before he knew it he was booking a flight to New York to film the episode.
We are so excited to finally announce our Chef/Owner Christian Hayes will be competing on Food Network's 'Chopped' next month. Tune into @foodnetwork on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10pm EST for the premiere of Chef Christian's episode, entitled 'Pork on the Brain.' 🔥⚡️🔪🔪🔪🔪 . . . @foodnetworkchopped #chopped #dandelionmaine #dandelioncatering #maine #mainechef #foodnetwork #cheflife #mainecaterer #yolo
“I fought applying. Mainly because it’s so far out of my comfort zone, and I knew it would mess with my head,” Hayes laughs. “It’s sort of against my philosophy of cooking. I don’t chase plaudits or try and compete with anyone else but myself. I’m very internal. I enjoy the art, and the practice, and the outlet. Cameras are NOT my thing. BUT – once I got in there I simply just tried to soak in every second. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was so wild to be there.”
We wish you luck Christian! Way to represent Maine! You can tune in on March 20th tune into Food Network’s Chopped on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10 PM EST to find out which ingredients Hayes was challenged with and the results of the competition.