Local Miami chef, Abel Veulens, just took home a BIG WIN for his hometown. The beloved executive chef at Miami’s famed Mediterranean hotspot, Byblos Miami, is the newest champion of Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout, a spirited three-round chef competition held in a California supermarket parking lot.
Chef Abel proudly won over the judges during all three frenetic rounds against three other top chefs and claimed the $10,000 grand prize on the hour-long premiere that aired at 10:00 PM yesterday, January 26th, on the Food Network.
“You may have seen me at Byblos before,” says Chef Abel Veulens, Executive Chef, Byblos Miami. “Well now you can see me on the Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout, so honorably given the opportunity to represent our brand back home!”
In Supermarket Stakeout, hosted by frequent Chopped judge and an Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli, four chefs square off in a competitive pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store. Assigned a theme for each round, the chefs must size up shoppers as they exit the store and attempt to negotiate for their grocery bags. During Chef Abel’s episode (Season 3, Episode 4), Alex Guarnaschelli threw a parking lot themed party, and Chef Abel, along with three other top chefs, had to rustle up ingredients from supermarket shoppers to create perfect party snacks, followed by a hearty breakfast dish, and then it was a mad dash to the finish as the chefs prepared dueling decadent desserts for a date with destiny … and the $10,000 grand prize.
“It was honestly such a crazy time for me. During these times of uncertainty in the business, it’s a real blessing to be able to have such a strong and genuine family at the restaurant, that sticks together and provides each other with a true support system through these tough months,” says Chef Abel Veulens, Executive Chef, Byblos Miami. “To be given the chance to go to L.A. to compete with other really amazing chefs, and be able to bring some money home for my family, it’s a genuine blessing.”
Find Chef Abel Veulens at Byblos Miami | 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
The show airs on the Food Network Channel and Amazon Prime Video. View the full episode, here: https://watch.foodnetwork.com/tv-shows/supermarket-stakeout/full-episodes/parking-lot-party
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