Houston Chef Smack Down

Top Houston chef smacks down other celebrity chefs to win the ultimate waffle fight

Houston chef smacks down other celebrity chefs to win big waffle fight

Houston's chefs continue to make national waves.

Over the weekend, Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd competed in the Second Annual Waffle House Challenge. Part of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, the event pitted four chefs from across the South against each other in a battle to win the coveted golden skillet and be named the Master Blaster.

Shepherd's competitors were Top Chef veteran Kevin Gillespie of Atlanta’s Gunshow, Michael Hudman of Hog & Hominy in Memphis and defending champion Mike Lata of Charleston’s FIG. Bon Appétit magazine restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton hosted the event.

 Shepherd trained for the event by working a shift at a Waffle House in Pasadena. 

Shepherd defeated Gillespie in the first round before defeating Lata in the finals to take the title. In a bonus match, Shepherd and Gillespie joined forces but still came up short against a six year Waffle House cook, suggesting that cheffy credentials are no match for experience. 

Prior to his trip to Charleston, Shepherd trained for the event by working a shift at a Waffle House in Pasadena to learn the restaurant's jargon

"Waffle House is a way of life for many people in the South, myself included," Knowlton says in the video. "People talk about Southern icons . . .

"And I think Waffle House is an American icon."

Chris Shepherd Waffle House March 2014 trophy
Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd earned the title of Master Blaster with a victory in the Second Annual Waffle House Smackdown. Katkinsman/Instagram
Chris Shepherd Waffle House March 2014 and Chef Kevin
Shepherd defeated Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie in the first round. Underbelly/Twitter
Chris Shepherd Waffle House March 2014 trophy
Chris Shepherd Waffle House March 2014 and Chef Kevin
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