Chef Amanda Freitag has handpicked 12 of the best chefs from the east coast's best beach — Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — to show what they've got in the kitchen. But there's a catch. We're taking them out of their comfort zone and swapping them into each other's kitchens without any idea of where they are going, what they'll be cooking or what ingredients they'll be working with. They'll have 60 minutes to make a dish to impress Chef Amanda and two of the beach's best food experts to earn the title of Chef Swap champion.
Breakfast Chef Swap | Jamie vs. Jess
Chef Amanda kicks things off with a bang as she swaps Chef Jamie Daskalis of high-volume breakfast spot, Johnny D's, with Chef Jess Sagun of eclectic downtown bistro, Winna's Kitchen for a head-to-head Breakfast Chef Swap Challenge. Find out who will take home the inaugural Chef Swap Knife!
Lunch Chef Swap | Greg vs. Eugen
A Chef Swap Challenge with international flair! Amanda visits Ciao Italian restaurant and unique coastal eatery, Drift, for a Lunch Challenge. Things get messy as Chef Eugen Hysa and Chef Greg Plingau do their best to come up with a lunch dish to wow the judges.
Burger Chef Swap | Darren vs. Chad
Tidal Creek Brewhouse, a Myrtle Beach brewery known for its outstanding food and brews, swaps kitchens with Bonfire Taqueria, a barbecue fusion restaurant in historic downtown Conway, for a Burger Chef Swap Challenge you won't want to miss. Chef Amanda pits Chef Chad Wiers against Chef Darren Smith to see who has the best burger around.
Entrée Chef Swap | Steve vs. Adam
Chef Steve Perrone of Perrone’s and Chef Adam Kirby of Bistro 217 take on an Entrée & Cocktail Chef Swap Challenge. When our host Amanda Freitag presents an added curveball, will it be a turning point for these two or will they rise to the challenge?
Surf 'N' Turf Chef Swap | Matt vs. Gary
Things are heating up in the kitchen as iconic oceanfront spot Sea Captain's House and the upstart 44 & King go head to head in a Surf 'n Turf Chef Swap Challenge. Will one hour be enough for these two chefs to make magic?
Award-winning Chef, Author & TV Personality
Chef Amanda Freitag has become a culinary maven. Well known as a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped”, Amanda has also appeared on “Iron Chef America”, “Next Iron Chef”, “Unique Eats”, “Beat Bobby Flay," Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions," and more.
With experience on some of the top cooking shows in the world, it's no secret Chef Amanda enjoys a bit of healthy competition. Now, thanks to her love of great food and southern hospitality, she's bringing her own take on a cooking challenge to life in Myrtle Beach.
Ever since Amanda’s first visit to The Beach, she has been captivated by the authenticity and diversity of the culinary scene. She discovered that the chefs in Myrtle Beach really know how to bring the heat when it comes to creating new dishes that drive flavors up a notch — making it the only suitable place to bring her Chef Swap competition show to life!
This is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — 60 miles of beautiful, sunny beaches, amazing attractions, and more than 2,000 restaurants. With its bevy of outstanding culinary options, The Beach has become a true foodie destination!
More than 20 million visitors per year choose to visit The Beach to experience all the area has to offer. There's world-class golf courses, top-notch entertainment and a laid-back way of life that lets everyone know that "You Belong at The Beach".
It's also one of the fastest-growing places in the nation for food!
This melting pot of a coastal community attracts "permanent vacationers" from all over the world, meaning you can find outstanding cuisine of every type here. From the freshest locally-caught seafood and downhome Southern barbecue to the finest oceanfront dining and an eclectic blend of flavor fusions — you can find it all at The Beach!