Chopped Episode: New Year's Bash
It's the first ever Chopped New Year's Party and the competitors get the celebration started with an extravagant appetizer basket that includes $50 worth of caviar and other pricy ingredients.
The chefs find more premium items in the entree baskets, as well as a traditional southern New Year's legume. The last two chefs in this New Year's fight face some dressed-up ice cream cones and a limited number of grapes for dessert.
We invite YOU to join us at Somar Bar in the heart of Oakland on Tuesday, December 20th to watch it live with Chef Charleen and the entire Kainbigan crew. Doors open at 7pm. If you can't make it to the watch party please join us in your home and root for Chef Charleen and find out who gets CHOPPED!
Chef Charleen started her culinary adventure on the streets of the Bay Area. Setting up a makeshift kitchen wherever she could, she cooked in the streets, at local festivals, inside clubs and bars and in private kitchens for private clients. Building a solid following of both local and regional foodies throughout the Bay Area and beyond, she opened up her first pop-up restaurant in October of 2012 in Oakland, CA. The response was overwhelmingly positive with huge turnouts every week to eat her delicious Filipino Comfort Food creations. She was so encouraged by the response she decided to open up her own brick and mortar in Oakland.
Nine months after signing the lease, Kainbigan Filipino Comfort Food, opened its doors in August of 2013. In the three and a half years that she has been in business, Kainbigan has been cited twice in Zagat for her savory adobos and for adding to the Filipino landscape in the Bay. She has been featured on Adobo Nation and in Audrey Asian Lifestyle Magazine. She has been nominated for an Oakland Indie Award, catered to such celebrities as Goapele, the rapper Eve, famed poet Ursula Rucker and has recently been chosen as one of the featured chefs for the Lucky Rice Festival in San Francisco and the Savor Filipino Food Festival in Oakland. She has been instrumental in introducing Filipino cuisine to companies such as Google, Zoosk, OkCupid and Eventbrite to name a few.
Chef Charleen's mission is to provide Filipino Comfort food to every one. She wants to introduce the palettes to new tastes and textures. She is constantly creating innovative dishes for her patrons to enjoy. Chef Charleen says "I want you to feel at home in my home, to walk in and feel instantly at ease and ready for tasty Filipino food that makes you feel good from the inside out. Whether you are well versed in Filipino cuisine or a newbie to Filipino food, I guarantee you will love every bite you take."