Bay Area Chef on Cast of Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates”


It may be difficult to keep up with all of the reality TV shows that have been popping up on many channels, but if there’s one that foodies should get excited about, it’s Bravo’s new “Around the World in 80 Plates,” which features a Bay Area chef, Nicole Lou.

Sending chefs, cooks and caterers around the world to source ingredients and cook local specialties, “Around the World in 80 Plates” is the newest culinary competition on television. Co-hosted by Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone and Iron Chef Cat Cora, the culinary adventure takes the contestants through 10 countries, including China, Italy, Thailand and Uruguay. San Jose native, Nicole Lou, is one of those contestants, a California Culinary Academy graduate and former chef at San Francisco’s Bushi-Tei.

Lou, who doesn’t stick to one cuisine but rather figures out what she’s really passionate about, said of her decision to go on the show, “I came down to San Diego with a friend, taking a break from work, and one of her friends mentioned something about a new TV show. She said, “You should totally try out.” No, that’s not part of my plan. I want to keep my head down and work. She said, “You work too much. When an opportunity comes up, you should give it a whirl.” So, I signed up for it. Personally, I was looking at this as an opportunity to travel, because it’s what I love to do. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people who cook, kind of groundbreaking for us in our profession.”

The show has since wrapped filming and is shown on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Bravo TV. Now Lou is looking for a position in Los Angeles so she can see what other chefs are doing and to learn new or different techniques. Of Los Angeles, Lou said, “The food is amazing, the city is vast. I need a change of scenery. All that travel made me want more.”

Source: Mercury News

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