Even though chef Kelli Daniels had built a stellar reputation with her popular Good You food truck, she kept her resume updated and out there.
By JILL WENDHOLT SILVA
Then one morning earlier this summer Daniels got a call from a casting director. A week later she was in Seymour, Conn., taping an episode of Food Networks Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell.
The shows premise: four chefs are brought in to compete for the dream job of executive chef. The specific job in question: the executive chef of Tavern 1757, a rustic Italian restaurant. The result: Brick Oven Battle airs tonight, Aug. 22, at 9 p.m.
Of course, Daniels cant reveal who won the battle, so youll just have to tune in. Or, you can attend the watch party at Cellar & Loft, 525 Walnut St. There will be a wine tasting from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The tasting is free for members or $10 per person; valid ID required. There will also be complimentary hors doeuvres. At 7:30 p.m. Daniels will meet and greet guests.
Is Daniels, who currently works as the executive chef of Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs, nervous about her screen debut?
What do you think? she quips. Youre just naked out there infront of about a million people...Most people who know me even a little know Id rather be facing the stove with the camera looking at the back of my head.