Auburn chef dukes it out tonight in finale of ‘Vegas Chef Prizefight’ –

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Jeffrey Compton, chef de cuisine at Auburn’s Acre restaurant, has seared, stirred, sliced and sauteed his way to the finale on “Vegas Chef Prizefight.”

Viewers will find out tonight if Compton wins the top prize on the Food Network reality show: the position of head chef at a new restaurant at the Flamingo hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The episode, which was filmed in advance, airs at 9 p.m. CT.

Compton is competing against two other finalists: Lamar Moore of Chicago, an 18-year-veteran in the restaurant industry, and Jeff Kraus of Truckin’ Good Food and Crepe Bar in Tempe, Arizona.

“Vegas Chef Prizefight” made its debut on March 5 with eight chefs from around the country. During five previous episodes, the contestants were asked to take over the dinner service at several Las Vegas restaurants owned by the Caesars Entertainment company. Challenges on the series have involved food items ranging from waffles to caviar, and dinners that boast French, Asian, Italian and Mexican flair.

Thus far, Compton has experienced a few ups and downs on the show, but he’s proven to be a solid competitor with ample skills and creativity. He’s up against two flamboyant chefs — both of whom have won more challenges than Compton — but could take the win as an underdog.

Here’s Compton’s bio from the Food Network website:

“Jeffrey has been around restaurants his whole life, including his grandparent’s restaurant on the beach in Biloxi. Now 26, he got his first food job at only 14 years old and worked his way up the ranks until he made a career detour and moved to Auburn to study accounting. While there, he met acclaimed chef David Bancroft who took him under his wing to learn his revolutionary culinary perspective. He was so inspired he dropped out of accounting school to pursue a food career and is now chef de cuisine at Acre Restaurant.”

The series is hosted by Anne Burrell, a New York chef and TV personality who’s appeared on several shows for the Food Network, including “Worst Cooks in America” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Judges for the show are chef Scott Conant of “Chopped” and Eileen Moore, the regional president of Caesars Entertainment.

This isn’t the first time a chef from Acre has competed on the Food Network. Bancroft, who founded Acre in 2013, took first place on “Iron Chef Showdown” in 2017. Caleb Fischer, a former chef de cuisine at Acre, made the final three on “Spring Baking Championship” in 2018.

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