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Vegas Chef Prizefight: Meet the Competitors

Get to know the eight chefs competing for the position of a lifetime!

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Interview of a Lifetime

Meet the eight elite chefs facing the toughest job interview of their lives - the opportunity to be named Head Chef at the brand-new $10 million dollar restaurant at the Flamingo Las Vegas, right on the Las Vegas strip.

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Brittney Brown — Detroit

Brittney is a pint-sized firecracker who likens herself to Serena Williams in the kitchen because she dominates service every night. Her first job was as a dishwasher when she was seventeen years old and her stint didn’t last long, as she was quickly promoted to line cook. From there she went on to work in various kitchens, but when both her siblings pursued degrees in business and social work, she felt she had to get an office job as well. After going to school for computer science, she realized her true passion is food and moved from her small Michigan hometown to Detroit to hone her skills. She went on to work for Bacco and Lady of the House and is now Owner/Chef of OMNI, a pop-up catering business.

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Jeffrey Compton — Auburn, AL

Jeffrey has been around restaurants his whole life, including his grandparent’s restaurant on the beach in Biloxi. Now 26, he got his first food job at only fourteen years old and worked his way up the ranks until he made a career detour and moved to Auburn to study accounting. While there, he met acclaimed chef David Bancroft who took him under his wing to learn his revolutionary culinary perspective. He was so inspired he dropped out of accounting school to pursue a food career and is now Chef de Cuisine at Acre Restaurant.

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Julia Helton — Chicago

After moving around constantly throughout her childhood, Julia has found that there is no better way to make connections than by sharing food. When not working as an executive chef and restaurant consultant, her passion is to travel the world and taste authentic regional food all along the way. With each new adventure, she brings back what she has learned and incorporates it into her cooking. A self-proclaimed lifer in the restaurant industry, she is a breast cancer survivor who is determined to achieve her dreams.

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