The best chefs.The best beach.
...but we're mixing things up.
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!
Chef Amanda Freitag loves southern hospitality, great food, AND healthy competition. That's why she’s chosen The Beach for her chef swap challenge.
Each episode, Amanda will take two local chefs out of their comfort zones by swapping them into each other’s kitchens. Our chefs have no idea where they’re going, what ingredients they’ll have, or what type of dish they’ll cook.
They’ll grab only ONE ingredient to bring with them and have just 60 minutes to make a dish that might earn them their very own Chef Swap knife and major bragging rights.
Chef Amanda Freitag
Born and raised in New Jersey, chef, television personality, and author Amanda Freitag has become a culinary maven.
Following her graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, Amanda worked in a diverse mix of restaurants in New York City, including Jean-George Vongerichten's Vong, Verbena, Il Buco, Cesca, and The Harrison, running the culinary gamut of Mediterranean, Italian and Classic American.
She sharpened her skills through world travel, including working under Chef Alain Passard in Paris, and continued expanding her culinary expertise into a variety of international cuisines.
Outside of the restaurant business, Amanda has become a household name for her work both on and off the television screen. She is well known for being a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped” and has appeared on “Iron Chef America”, “Next Iron Chef”, “Unique Eats”, “Beat Bobby Flay," Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions," and more.
Her mission to make cooking more approachable inspired the creation of her cookbook "The Chef Next Door,” her set of five unique spice blends, and other ongoing culinary projects.
Amanda has also earned notoriety on social media for her tutorial series "EasyAF," where she shows audiences that delicious food can be fun and simple to make in the comfort of your own home.
Johanna Wilson Jones
Visit Myrtle Beach has partnered with The Workshop Content Studios & Keystone Pictures to develop Chef Swap at The Beach, a new cooking competition television series that will highlight the culinary talents of chefs throughout the Grand Strand.
The show is a production of Beach Easy Media, a media and content initiative of Visit Myrtle Beach (Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau). Through the creation of Beach Easy Media, Visit Myrtle Beach is striving to become a leading producer of branded entertainment in the destination marketing space.
By producing shows that showcase local talent and creators from across the 60 miles of beaches known as The Grand Strand, Beach Easy Media’s mission is to highlight the amazing people, places and attractions of the Myrtle Beach area and let people across the globe know they Belong at The Beach.
“From beachside spots and fresh seafood markets to international cafes and fine dining, Myrtle Beach is a culinary destination unlike any other with over 2,000 restaurants offering tried-and-true favorites next to innovative new flavors. Partnering with The Workshop Content Studios and Amanda Freitag along with our resident culinary experts of Johanna and Dylan to bring The Beach to a new audience is integral to our efforts in showcasing the Grand Strand’s exciting restaurant scene.”