By Joyce Brock/Southern Advocate
ASHLAND – Chef Jernard Wells’ career in the food service business began humbly, catering out of his parents’ home in Ashland.
Tonight, when he appears on national television, Wells will have the opportunity to show how far he has come. Wells will be one of four chefs competing on the Food Network’s “Chef Wanted,” hosted by celebrity chef Anne Burrell.
The reality show, which will air at 9 p.m. CDT, pits four chefs in an elimination-style challenge as they compete for placement as the head chef for various restaurants.
Winners begin employment immediately following the competition, so competitors are carefully selected from among thousands of applicants.
In tonight’s episode, chefs compete for a job at Old Homestead Steakhouse – a 144-year-old establishment in Manhattan.
Wells competes with the three other chefs to create a custom-cut for the steakhouse, among other challenges.
The show was filmed recently in New York.
He couldn’t say how he fared in the competition. The upbeat Wells did say, “This is the beginning of what’s to come.”