Oriole Park Chef to Compete on Food Network Tonight

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Oriole Park chef Josh Distenfeld
Oriole Park executive chef Josh Distenfeld, via Delaware North

While we wait for the O’s to face the Royals on Friday (and worry about rain), we can busy ourselves with this: Oriole Park chef Josh Distenfeld will compete on the Food Network show Chopped tonight.

The Long Island native took over as executive chef at Oriole Park in 2010, the same year Buck Showalter took over as manager of the team, and has made dramatic improvements to the park’s culinary offerings. Distenfeld will be facing off against the executive chefs of the Texas Rangers’, St. Louis Cardinals’, and Cincinnati Reds’ ballparks. Here’s how the competition will go, per the press release:

“[E]ach round includes a basket of ingredients that have a connection to baseball. In the first basket, the competing chefs find some typical game-day eats, including Italian sausage. Then in the second round, the chefs are pleased to see a beautiful flank steak. In the dessert round, the judges hope that the desserts are delicious, down to the last blueberry.The four chefs must use their professional training and culinary creativity to impress the judges and avoid the dreaded chopping block.”

Judges, I am hoping right along with you!

The episode airs tonight on the Food Network at 8:00 p.m.

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