Look for a familiar face on the area culinary scene on Food Network's "Chopped" at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Louisiana chef Gavin Jobe, who owns Pelican House in Baton Rouge, and Meribo in Covington, will appear in his first TV cooking competition, "Alton's Challenge, Part 1," the first episode in a five-part tournament titled "Chopped: Alton's Challenge" where network personality Alton Brown ("Good Eats," "Iron Chef America," "Cutthroat Kitchen") takes over.
The winning chef takes home $50,000.
"I applied when I saw they were casting in the area," Jobe told The Advocate. "It's a long application, then some Skype interviews, then they come out and shoot an intro, then they let you know if you made it on the show."
Jobe said he traveled to New York City to shoot the episode several months ago.
"To kick off the appetizer basket, Alton demonstrates the mad science of champagne and the competitors embrace a fermentation theme. A strange, stringy Japanese specialty is the talk of the entrée round, and an unusual cake inspires some unusual choices in the dessert round," a news release says.
Judges include Brown, Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli.
"I would say my preconceived notions about the show were pretty spot on," Jobe said. "It's a game — and you need to play it as such. Being smart and having a good concise plan are just as important as cooking good food. No matter how great of a chef you are, if you don't get everything on the plate you are probably going home.
"I gained a little bit of confidence in my ability to focus and create a dish in a very small time frame, which was to me the biggest challenge. I didn't want to put up a dish that I wouldn't see serving to people I care about."
Jobe was one of three finalists in the 2017 Millennial Awards this year for Culinary Arts and was named in FSR Magazine's 40 Under 40 list.
Jobe will host a viewing party at Pelican House, 2572 Citiplace Court. Food-themed trivia with Let's Get Quizzical Trivia Nights MonkeyBR will start at 7:30 p.m. The chef will serve snacks based off of the show's mystery basket ingredients and will answer questions and make comments during the TV commercial breaks.
Meribo, 326 Lee Lane, will be live streaming the viewing party so patrons at the Covington restaurant can also chat with Jobe.
Food Network is on cable Channel 53 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and on cable Channel 67 in New Orleans.