TC Native Chops Up Cooking Show

TEXAS CITY ­— It’s a long way from Po-Folks in Texas City to cooking award-winning dishes in New York. Texas City native Wade Burch made that journey, out chopping other chefs to win a Food Network contest. Burch, a 1984 Texas City High School graduate, won a $10,000 prize after he out-cooked three other chefs on a holiday-themed episode of Food Network’s “Chopped.” The contestants had to create an appetizer, entree and dessert using the same ingredients. One of the Read the full article>>>

Chopped Champ Wade Burch
Will Head Neely’s Pig Parlor

A press release announces that Wade Burch, chef at under-the-radar waterfront restaurant Steamer’s Landing and a newly crowned champion of Chopped, is moving on to become the executive chef of Neely’s Pig Parlor, the barbecue joint that Food Network personalities the Neelys will soon open in the former Merchants NY space at First Avenue and 62nd Street. Burch, a Texas native, beat out Patricio Sandoval (Mercadito), Kenneth Collins (Gospel Uptown), and Laura Simpson (a Pennsylvania chef) to take home Chopped’s $10,000 prize. Update: We’re told the restaurant will Read the full article>>>