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Local chef wins episode of ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Metro Detroit chef Chad Barrett walked away with $16,000 in winnings after appearing on the Food Network show “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

Barrett competed against three other chefs on the shopping and cooking competition show, which was filmed last year and aired Sunday evening.

The show, now in its 12th season, features culinary star and character Guy Fieri, who pits three chefs against each other in a grocery store — Flavortown Market — and poses wacky challenges on them.

“It was amazing to win,” said Barrett, who was the champion of a breakfast-cooking challenge. “Really one of the best feelings in the world to compete against three amazing chefs from across the country. Watching it with my family and seeing how proud everyone was of me really made the whole experience come to reality.”

Barrett said the biggest challenge on the show was shopping, plating and cooking in under 30 minutes.

“Time restraints are difficult in a cooking challenge,” he said.

A sous chef at the Chapman House in Rochester, 29-year-old Barrett told The Detroit News in December that he’s a big fan of the show’s host.

“It was amazing to finally meet someone I watched on TV for so many years,” he says of Fieri. “The show was a huge highlight of a tough year for me and my family.”

Barrett says his son was stillborn in July, and the grief motivated him to do his best in his professional life.

“I look forward to everyone watching to see how I performed under pressure,” said Barrett in December. He credits his needing to work at an early age with his current culinary career. “I started out as a dishwasher at 14 years old and worked my way up through the ranks, soaking up all the information I could to become successful.”

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