Self-taught Burlington chef to compete in Food Network series

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A Burlington restaurant is set to appear on a Food Network series called Chef Boot Camp, where self-taught chefs from across the country showcase their skills in the kitchen.

“I never went to culinary school. Everything I’ve been learning has been kind of grinding in the industry for the past 10 years,” Cody Nash-Gibney, executive chef at El Gato Catina’s.

But that changed when he was given the opportunity to train with celebrity chef Cliff Crooks. 

“It was a crazy experience to be working with someone who is at the level he is in the industry,” he said. “I grew more in those four days than I have in my entire career.”

Nash-Gibney is one of three chefs in the episode that will compete by preparing creative meals and proving whether they are fit to run their restaurants. He says the experience taught him about himself as both a chef and person. 

“I had an addiction in my past. It’s something I am very, very proud to have gotten through. And I think cooking had a huge piece in getting me through my trauma,” said Nash-Gibney.

Restaurant owner Theresa Sanchez-Bertram says she’s grateful for her staff, especially during the pandemic. She says the episode will teach viewers a lot about the restaurant industry. 

“Watching the episode you’re going to see different people trying to make it in this business. And it starts with the management and the chef and the idea and all of us owners who are passionate about our business and our food,” said Sanchez-Bertram.

For Nash-Gibney, the show further solidified his passion for cooking.

“The show made me appreciate how much it has given me. You don’t really realize how much of a gift a passion can be when they’re tied into one,” said Nash-Gibney.

The episode will air on the Food Network April 22 at 10 p.m.

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