Fire Island chef goes head-to-head with Bobby Flay


This chef from Bay Shore has been given the chance to go head-to-head with the renowned Bobby Flay on national TV.

Liam Beardslee of Dive restaurant in Kismet will be making his television debut on Food Network cooking competition show, Beat Bobby Flay at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9. 

Since its first airing in 2013, chefs from across the country have applied for a chance to get into the ring with Flay.

Beardslee’s appearance on the show has already been taped.

“I’ve never done anything like this, so there’s a little bit of excitement and nervousness,” Beardslee said.

“The whole experience was awesome.” 

how it works

In the first round, two contestants cook against each other using an ingredient chosen by Flay.

Two guest judges then choose who cooked the better dish and that person moves onto the next round in the face-off against Flay, where they choose the recipe they both have to make. 

Three judges then determine who wins — the challenger or Flay — in a blind taste test. 

Out of 347 aired, head-to-head competitions, Flay’s win-loss record is 220 to 127. 

If Flay were a ballplayer, he’d be batting .6340.

tune in

Beardslee’s episode, which is titled “A Family Affair,” will also feature Flay’s daughter, Sophie, and celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli. 

It’s been a long time coming for Beardslee, who applied and filmed for the show in pre-pandemic times almost two years ago. 

“It’s in front of a live audience, and it’s nerve-wracking because I haven’t experienced that world — I’m a chef, my audience is my kitchen,” he said, but added, “I feel pretty good about [the episode].” 

Tune in to the Food Network at 9 p.m. on Nov. 9 to see what happened.

Top: Liam Beardslee on the set of Beat Bobby Flay in NYC. Photo courtesy of KD Beardslee.