Watch Missouri State University’s Emmy-Nominated Kitchen Competition

Missouri State University’s Emmy-nominated kitchen competition is back for its third season. Here’s what’s cooking this time around.

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Fresh faces

Show-Me Chefs showcases eight of the area’s top chefs, each bringing their own unique style and experience to the table in pursuit of a $3,000 prize. Chefs compete head-to-head through three rounds, creating dishes utilizing select mystery ingredients. This season, viewers can expect to see Daniel Stern of CB Social House, Kym Matney of Lost Signal Brewing Co., Joey Fiddick of Big Easy Grill, Thomas Robinett of The Trophy Room, Anna Davis of 365 Flavours, Joseph Cope of JJ’s at the Copper Pot, Tommie Kelly of Branson Convention Center and Brian Isaacs of Hy-Vee Market Grille.


Familiar faces

General manager and executive chef at 319 Events Center Angelo Wannithanitri returns for his third season as head judge. The two remaining spots at the judge’s table are filled throughout the season by faces viewers will recognize. Season two winner Michael Old of The Tower Club makes his judging debut early in the competition. Others include former judge Wing Yee Leong, executive chef and owner of Leong’s Asian Diner, Mary Faucett, co-owner of Bambino’s Cafe and Diana Hicks, co-owner of MaMa Jean’s Natural Market, which is the show’s pantry sponsor.


Emmy excellence

Season two of the show was nominated for an Emmy in the Unscripted Television Series category. Although you won’t find an Emmy displayed in a Missouri State trophy case, the nomination alone proves the crew-wide standard of excellence. Viewers can expect season three to set the bar even higher. “We’re learning what we want and what our audience wants,” says Ben Fowler, a member of the show’s marketing and promotions team.


Social media updates

Search “Show-Me Chefs” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and you’ll easily find the show’s social media accounts. There, you’ll have access to updates and key information from the season premiere to the season finale. Learn about the show’s road to an Emmy nomination, get a behind-the-scenes look at production and check for episode recaps. Fowler says the team has plans to post during air time.


The feels

Community has and continues to be the backbone of what the show is all about. Producers have gathered local judges, competitors and ingredients to emphasize the importance of community engagement, locally grown foods and the relationship between our restaurants, our farmers and our consumers. By the final episode, your pride in 417-land will surely be at an all-time high.


Season 3 Trailer

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