Local chef to compete on Food Network show

Chef Chad Barrett from Rochester’s Chapman House will appear on a February episode of Guy Fieri’s “Guy’s Grocery Games”

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Metro Detroit chef Chad Barrett has gone to Flavortown. The Warren native is scheduled to appear on a February episode of Food Network show “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

The cooking competition 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.

For example, chefs may not be allowed to use a cart as they peruse the store to gather ingredients for their dish, or they may only be allowed to use frozen foods, or the chefs may be forced to swap stations and cook with what the competing chef’s ingredients.

Barrett started his culinary career as a dishwasher at age 14 and now is a sous chef at Chapman House in Rochester. The 29-year-old says can’t say much about his appearance on the show before it airs, but he says the experience “feels like a dream.”

“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,” says Barrett, who 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.”

Chapman House’s executive chef Chris Cason describes Barrett as “a very hard worker.”

“He does a lot here, he’s very organized.”

Barrett says his episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games” is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 on Food Network.

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