You’ve gotten to know the seven local chefs competing for the Golden Fork at the 2022 Food Prize, now it’s time to find out the celebrity chefs helping them secure the number one spot.
Get to know the seven celebrity chefs below, find out who they will be competing with and what dishes these chefs will have to make while battling it out for the grand prize.
Chef Harmon is an Eater Chef of the Year and a Tastemaker rising star who was named one of 17 chefs to look out for in the U.S. by Zagat. Born in Tennessee, raised in Texas and California, Harmon trained in New York restaurants like Townhouse and Le Cirque under David Burkes. Harmon blends together his love and skill for Asian and Southern cooking like they were born for each other and considers himself as much a mad scientist as he is a chef using skills from foraging to fermenting.
Harmon will be teaming up with Chef Megan Chavez to create a fish or seafood dish.
Currently based in Dallas, Texas Chef Boneé is a Nashville, Tennessee native with a wildly impressive resume working alongside iconic chefs like Stephan Pyles and Sean Brock. After heading up various kitchens around the country, Boneé went on to create the original food menu for Lucky’s Hot Chicken before blending his knowledge of different cuisines together as the Executive Chef at Meddlesome Moth. Boneé is the culinary genius behind the powerhouse BBQ program at 42|BBQ and now he puts a whole new take on Tex-Mex with LimeHoney.
Boneé will be teaming up with Chef Ryan Gillespie to create a beef or pork dish.
Chef Braud is a nominated 2021 Rising Chef Star of the Year by CultureMaps Tastemaker and a featured Dallas StarChef for StarChefs based in Brooklyn, New York. Braud is currently Executive Chef for a small Spanish restaurant group based out of Connecticut, Barcelona Wine Bar in Dallas, Texas.
“Learning Spanish cuisine has brought be closer to learning so much more about my own country’s cuisine,” said Braud.
Braud will be teaming up with Chef Elezar Mondragon to create a beef or pork dish.
More Food Prize News:Get to know the 7 local chefs competing at the 2022 Louisiana Food Prize.
Chef Epps is the culinary force behind Bacchanal&Fyah, a combination of casual hot dogs juxtaposed with a refined, modern Afro-Caribbean cuisine that shows the diaspora of Black food around the world. His passion for unique cuisine began at a young age and carried him through a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales and an apprenticeship at the renowned Greenbrier Hotel. Epps’ mentor Chef Marcus Samuelsson called him “the best chef in the competition” on ABC’s The Taste. Epps has won nine American Culinary Federation medals and was a Chopped Champion on Food Network.
Epps will be teaming up with Chef John Strand to create the “wildcard” – or anything goes – dish.
Chef Davis credits her mother and grandparents for her love of cooking. Before earning her degree in Culinary Arts and Food Management from Texas Woman’s University, Davis spent a decade working in the corporate world. Davis has a passion for creating great food experiences and getting anyone excited about making amazing food for family and friends. When not cooking or talking about food, Davis enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Davis will be teaming up with Chef Niema Longstratt to create a vegetarian dish.
Chef Connolly’s culinary passion sparked at 9-years-old listening to the sizzling sounds and smelling the alluring aroma of farm fresh eggs cooked by her grandmother. Connolly knew even then that preparing delicious food was her calling. Now, she currently cooks at the Japanese-inspired cuisine restaurant Adachi in Birmingham, Michigan. Using only the freshest ingredients sourced from around the globe is the key to creating her unique Asian-infused dishes and pastries made from scratch is what keeps local regulars coming back and luring in new clientele.
Connolly will be teaming up with Chef Sean Sullivan to create a fish or seafood dish.
Originally from Flushing Queens, New York, Chef Joseph had dreams of being in the WNBA. After moving to Lewisville, Texas in high school her career plans changed when she took an interest in cooking. The next thing she knew, Joseph was enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America and now serves as the sous chef at Uchi Dallas. Joseph is always open to learning more from the great minds around her and ready to touch the souls of the people she meets with her food.
Joseph will be teaming up with Chef Anthony Felan to create a poultry dish.
Prize Fest will take place October 14 – 16 and October 20 – 22, for more information on the festival including how to purchase tickets, visit the Prize Fest website
Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at mgwhite@gannett.com. 

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