It's always a pleasure to watch our local superstars attain some level of national recognition. Emmy-nominated chef and owner Nick Rabar of Avenue N in Rumford has done just that in his appearance on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. “I've done a lot of television here in Rhode Island, having hosted Chef 2 Go for the last six seasons. So it was nice when I got the call from Food Network,” says Nick. “I love cooking, it fuels me, and to be able to share that on a national stage was such a joy.”
As much as this writer pried, Nick was tight-lipped about his big Food Network debut on November 19 (The Bay went to press prior to the airdate) – contractual restrictions and the like. What I can say, if you missed it, is that Nick went head-to-head with New York chef Jeff Haskel in a pun-filled, turkey-themed challenge.
“Jeff is a very talented chef from NYC who knows his stuff and is all business,” says Nick. “He's also a super great guy who I have a ton of respect for.” The winner of the throwdown will face Bobby Flay, which will surely be a dream and a huge challenge.
During filming, Nick spent some time with Bobby Flay. According to him, “Bobby was great to everyone on set. [He was] sincere and outgoing, but when the cameras started rolling he's all business. You know he does this day in and day out, competition cooking. I mean who's had more battles then Bobby Flay? To be part of it was special. [It’s] something I've wanted to do for some time.”
And we couldn’t be more proud of Nick. If you’d like to see our local star that rose to national fame, stop by Avenue N to see the man, the myth, and our friendly neighborhood chef. 20 Newman Avenue, Rumford. 401-270-2836