Former Top Chef champion Ilan Hall made waves in the Brooklyn dining scene earlier this summer, opening his restaurant, the Gorbals (98 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-387-0195), to positive reviews. Now he’s bringing his show, Knife Fight, to Williamsburg as well.
The polarizing chef’s program has been a major draw on the year-old Esquire Network. Each episode pits a pair of notable contestants against one another in his kitchen. A unique set of ingredients are introduced at the start, which must be incorporated into at least three dishes, cooked within a specified time limit.
Formerly shot in Hall’s original Los Angeles Gorbals location, Knife Fight now makes the shift to his new digs, hidden away atop Space Ninety 8 on North 6th and Wythe. Filming begins in the middle of the month, with several prominent names from the land of celebrity chefs stepping up to the plate for a new tournament style of competition. Expected contestants are Bryan Voltaggio, Joey Campanaro, Dale Talde, Richard Kuo, Edi Frauneder, and Wolfgang Ban. And look for judging appearances from Kris Morningstar and Naomi Pomeroy.
The new season, which will include 16 episodes, premieres in January, 2015, on the Esquire Network.