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Houston chef Alex Padilla wins The Chew's Best Chef on the Block

Houston chef Alex Padilla wins 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

Houston chef Alex Padilla has been named the Best Chef on the Block on The Chew.

Padilla, executive chef at Legacy Restaurants including The Original Ninfa's on Navigation and Antone's Famous Po' Boys, was named ABC13 and The Chew's Best Chef on the Block for Houston.

Video: Alex Padilla wins Best Chef on the Block

The local contest was held at the Houston Food Bank in January. 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.

Local chefs were chosen on their culinary accomplishments as well as their community involvement.

Padilla competed against six other chefs from other cities for a chance to be named the Best Chef on the Block. After beating out two other contestants on Wednesday, February 23, he appeared on the ABC show Thursday, February 22, at noon for the final cook-off — and won.

You can tune into The Chew Friday, February 23 to see Padilla show his culinary flair, cooking next to the show's chefs.

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