Chef Wanted: Sea Dog Steak & Ale Update

by in Shows, February 14th, 2013


Chef WantedSea Dog Steak & Ale in Northborough, Mass., is a brewpub known for its signature beers. The owners called in Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team to help them find a new executive chef who would take on the task of reinventing the restaurant as a gastropub. After two grueling tests and two hectic dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Amie Hurd.

Through the tests and dinner services, Chef Hurd showed she understood beer by incorporating it into many of her dishes. Unfortunately, her lack of experience working with a large crew showed during dinner service — she wouldn’t give up control of her dishes to her team by delegating tasks. But by the end she realized she couldn’t keep up without putting trust in her team. The owners felt she was the best person for the job and that with time she’d gain the experience required to run the restaurant, so they offered her the position.

FN Dish caught up with Chef Hurd after her win. Watch the video above to find out what it was like competing, what she learned from Anne Burrell and about the turn of events that took place since the show taped.

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Comments (4)

  1. Michael says:

    Woot what a way to give someone a Temp Job Merry Christmas lol.. Of course I know it isnt really funny i'm sure it wasnt what anyone wanted poor employee's got the shaft.

  2. melissa says:

    I can't believe they would even put this on the air since they're already closed. I thought I had learned my lesson from the disappointing Celebrity Challenge cookoff. Fool me once, shame on you Food Network. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    This is right up there with Gilbert Godfrey!!!

  3. saw says:

    These stupid restaurants think that they are amazing. I guess they were full of shit.

  4. Stella says:

    My apologies, it was buried in the video. But again, that's a big development that should have been mentioned at the end of the episode. How many people will watch the show and never watch this video?

    Maybe it is time for some transparency in how Food Network vets establishments for its shows like this and "Restaurant Impossible."

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