Set your DVR: Kansas City chef Michael Smith appears on Tuesday’s episode of the Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight.”
“Knife Fight” is a bit like other high-pressure cooking competitions — see “Top Chef,” “Iron Chef America” and “Chopped” — but it’s filmed in a working kitchen at the L.A. restaurant owned by Ilan Hall, winner of “Top Chef” Season 2.
On the show, two chefs use secret ingredients in on-the-fly recipes. The competitors sweat it out in front of a cheering, heckling crowd of chefs and food fans. The chef who makes the most delicious dishes wins a butcher knife and bragging rights.
Tuesday’s episode airs at 9 p.m. and features Smith, the James Beard Award winner who runs Extra Virgin and Michael Smith Restaurant in the Crossroads District, battling it out against Adam Sappington, the butcher and chef behind The Country Cat in Portland, Ore.
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The competition between Smith and Sappington gets pretty heated — in a preview of the episode, Smith throws a bland fritter to the floor before running into the kitchen’s back room yelling “Looking for lemon!”
“Sometimes I blow a fuse,” Smith says on the show. “The gasket comes off the pressure cooker, for sure.”
In the preview, host Hall adds to the drama with this statement: “I feel like Michael’s approaching this like a headless chicken.”
Later in the episode, Smith shows off some serious skills — he fishes dough out of a sizzling deep fryer with his bare hands and mans an electric saw to tear into the secret ingredient, a massive beef forequarter.
Here’s a preview of Smith’s “Knife Fight” episode. Find more info about the show, and more video clips, here.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes bar and dining guides for Ink magazine. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @sarah_gish.