Chef Alejandro Barrientos doesn’t have his own show on the Food Network.
But with the amount of times he’s been featured on the network, he might have to start pitching ideas.
The co-owner of Curb Side Bistro will be featured on the famous television show “Chopped” in the season premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Food Network.
“I’m super excited,” Barrientos said. “I’m beyond the moon. It’s crazy to think about. It’s the dream of every culinary person. It’s something that everyone in the cooking world wants to be a part of. There’s a bunch of people that are fans of the show and love to just watch it and may not know anything about the cooking side.”
“Chopped” is a reality-based cooking game show series that is hosted by Ted Allen.
The series pits four chefs against each other as they compete for a chance to win $10,000.
The show made its debut in 2009.
This isn’t the first time that Barrientos will be featured on a show on the Food Network.
Just two years ago, the Odessan was one of the contestants on an episode of “Beat Bobby Flay,” a show that featured various chefs competing against Bobby Flay, which featured numerous celebrity appearances and was taped with a live audience.
Just like appearing on “Beat Bobby Flay,” Barrientos said he had to go through an extensive application process to appear on “Chopped,”
“It was like interviewing for a job,” Barrientos said. “You have to send pictures and resume and pictures of your food and restaurant and explain why you should be on the show. It’s stressful waiting for it until you finally get the yes back. The whole process takes months. You’re worried and wondering during that whole time.”
Eventually, Barrientos heard back from the executives that he would be on the show.
He flew up to New York City in October where they filmed the episode at the same studio as “Beat Bobby Flay.”
“It was kind of crazy being back at that same studio,” Barrientos said. “That studio is huge. It was pretty surreal being back in the same green room and everything but with a different show and cast and everything.”
In each episode of “Chopped” four chefs compete in a three-round contest, where they attempt to incorporate unusual combinations of ingredients into dishes that are later evaluated by a panel of three judges.
At the beginning of each round, the chefs are each given a basket containing four mystery ingredients and are expected to create dishes that use all of them in some way.
While Barrientos isn’t allowed to give spoilers about his upcoming episode, he did comment on the competitive nature of the show.
“You never know what they’re going to pick because it’s secret ingredients so it’s difficult,” Barrientos said. “It’s really hard to prepare for something like that.”
But considering the amount of times he’s been featured on the Food Network in the last two years, Barrientos said it would be a dream to have his own cooking show one of these days.
“That’d be a huge blessing,” Barrientos said. “Just to be on the Food Network is great. Coming from West Texas, we don’t have a huge spotlight on us. If anything happens, it’s usually in the Houston, Dallas or Austin area. But sometimes I think there’s a blind eye to the West Texas area. It’s just amazing to be on the network.”
But he’s also happy with his restaurant in which he co-owns with his wife Stephanie Barrientos.
He says they plan on having a watch party this Tuesday at Curb Side Bistro when the episode airs.
“It’s on a Tuesday at 7 p.m. which is a little weird so we’re planning out the logistics of it but we want to do something for the community and have people come out,” Barrientos said. “We don’t have a huge building or a lot of TVs but we’re trying to plan on the logistics of trying to bring stuff in.”
He’s thankful for the support of all the customers and the community.
“I just want to thank all of the Basin community and our customers and everyone who shares our posts,” Barrientos said. “Because of them, all of the amazing things that the customers share on Facebook and Instagram has made us popular and helps us to have this opportunity. Whenever I send in my resume and bio, they see that and how much support we have. I wouldn’t be here without them.”