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Metalsmith Turned New Orleans Chef to Compete for $50,000 in a New Food Network Series

Thomas Mann, a metalsmith, jeweler, and now New Orleans chef, treats cooking like another one of his art forms. He always loved to cook, but food became even more important when he was creating meals for his wife while she was dying of cancer. Now, he creates elaborate dinners to stay close with friends and family.

Metalsmith Turned New Orleans Chef to Compete for $50,000 in a New Food Network Series

Now he’ll be competing with 10 other talented and successful home cooks from around the country for a grand prize of $50,000. They’ll be mentored by superstar chefs Bobby FlayAlex GuarnaschelliCurtis Stone and Michael Symon. That’s pretty neat, I’d say.

I don’t know of anyone in New Orleans that does not know how to cook. That’s who we are here. And some of the best cooking is not found in the great New Orleans restaurants but at home.

All-Star Academy, premieres Sunday, March 1st at 9pm ET/PT. Which for us New Orleanians is 8pm.

Best of luck to you, Thomas. Here’s hoping you go all the way and get the 50K. You’ll honor all of us home-cooking New Orleans chefs. Heck, just you being chosen to be on the program is honor enough.

Posted in New Orleans Life.



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