Stone Balloon Chef Takes Down Bobby Flay

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 8.43.46 AMEyes across the First State were glued to the Food Network last night for Stone Balloon Ale House’s Robbie Jester’s time in the ring against legendary chef Bobby Flay.

Regular viewers of the show “Beat Bobby Flay” know that the odds of knocking off Flay aren’t good (next to impossible!), and the Culinary Institute of America-trained Jester had to serve up a mouth-watering veal cutlet to get past a tough competitor before advancing to the face off with Flay.


With former boy bander Lance Bass observing the action, Jester then announced his choice for taking down Flay: Shrimp scampi.

Less than an hour later, Jester was presenting a panel of very picky judges (including one of the owners of New York City’s Rao’s) with his signature dish of handmade Cavatelli pasta while Bobby ladled his spicy shrimp over polenta.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 8.46.02 AMThat polenta – viewed as bland, and mushy by judges – proved to be Flay’s undoing as Jester’s brilliantly-composed Cavatelli and seafood creation carried the day, making him the first Delaware chef to prevail over the cocky but undeniably gifted New Yorker.

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