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Houston chef named The Chew's Best Chef on the Block

Houston chef named The Chew's Best Chef on the Block

Chef Alex Padilla Best Chef on the Block
Padilla, executive chef at Legacy Restaurants — including Ninfa's and Antone's Famous Po' Boys — has won The Chew's chef challenge. Courtesy photo
Best Chef on the Block The Chew contestants and chefs
Local chefs and celebrity judges (including CultureMap's Eric Sandler) gathered for The Chew's Best Chef on the Block contest.  Courtesy photo
Ninfa's winning dish Alex Padilla Best Chef on the Block
The winning dish: Chef Alex Padilla's beef tacos al carbon (grilled outside skirt steak), with ancho-chile rimmed Ninfarita. Courtesy photo
Chef Alex Padilla Best Chef on the Block
Best Chef on the Block The Chew contestants and chefs
Ninfa's winning dish Alex Padilla Best Chef on the Block

A Houston chef is headed to the Big Apple after being named The Chew's Best Chef on the Block. Alex Padilla, executive chef at Legacy Restaurants — including Ninfa's and Antone's Famous Po' Boys — was named ABC13's and The Chew's Best Chef on the Block for Houston.

After this week's win, Padilla will now travel to New York to compete against chefs from other select cities for a chance to be featured on The Chew.

Padilla and six other chefs were chosen from hundreds of applicants, and the finalists faced off Monday at the Houston Food Bank. The finalists were asked to make their best taco dish, and the chefs did not disappoint.

Judges included ABC13's Katherine Whaley, CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler, Sylvia Casares from Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, and Peter Montalvo from the Houston Food Bank.

The seven finalists were chosen on their culinary accomplishments as well as their community involvement.

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