Chef Steven Redzikowski of Boulder’s OAK at fourteenth and his brother Brian Redzikowski, Executive Chef of Kettner Exchange in San Diego are competing on the Food Network’s show Beat Bobby Flay Thursday, January 17. The two brothers will battle it out in the kitchen to determine who has the skills to compete against Chef Bobby Flay himself in this episode titled Oh Brother. The winner will be decided by Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and Chopped's Alex Guarnaschelli and will air at 10pmEST/8pmMST Jan 17.
Before opening OAK with business partner Bryan Dayton, and then Acorn in Denver’s The Source, Chef Steven worked his way up in some very impressive restaurants around the US. For example, Le Cirque in New York, Little Nell in Aspen, and Boulder’s own Frasca Food and Wine. His appearance on the Food Network will add to his list of accolades, especially if he succeeds in Beating Bobby Flay!
To celebrate the brothers’ Food Network premier, OAK shut down dinner service to host a special Dim Sum party cooked by a number of accomplished local chefs from Denver and Boulder. OAK’s open kitchen allowed those who attended to smell, see, and hear the dishes being made well before the Dim Sum carts rolled up to their tables. Guests enjoyed a total of fifteen different dishes from the different chef’s along with wine, Japanese beer, sake, and the house cocktail OAK Tea Time. The food was delicious, adventurous and gave guests unique dishes they won’t find on the menu at any of the Colorado chefs’ restaurants. Below is the full menu, with those in bold being our favorites.
Steven Redzikowski (OAK) - Thai Eggplant & Bok Choy
Steven Redzikowski (OAK) - Crispy Wontons with pork and shrimp
Steven Redzikowski (OAK) - Crispy Chicharrones with Thai spice and trinity aioli
Brian Redzikowski (Kettner Exchange - San Diego, CA) - Pork Belly Bao Bun
Kyle Mendenhall (Arcana) - Sesame Bun
Adam Dulye (Brewer's Association) - Brisket Spring Rolls
Sarah Beckwith (OAK) - Shrimp Toast
Sarah Beckwith (OAK) - Seaweed & Cucumber Salad with sesame
Chase Devitt (BriDer) - Pork Sui Mai
Chase Devitt (BriDer) - Kung Pow Brussels Sprouts
William Cusack (OAK) - Penang Curry Sweet Potato
Paul Jaramillo (Acorn) - Boneless Chicken Wings with bang bang sauce
William Espercuieta (SMOK) - Hoisin-Glazed Pork Ribs
Kate Horton (OAK) - Coconut Sticky Rice & Mango
Words & Photos by Tiffany Candelaria @TCdoesFnB