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Maine chef serves up pork brains and blood pudding, wins top prize on ‘Chopped’

Dandelion Catering photo by Christine Hayes | BDN
Dandelion Catering photo by Christine Hayes | BDN
Chef Christian Hayes, co-owner of the Yarmouth-based Dandelion Catering, was the "Chopped" champion on Food Network Tuesday night.

Christian Hayes, chef and co-owner of Yarmouth’s Dandelion Catering Co., won the $10,000 prize as the top finisher on the Food Network’s popular cooking competition show “Chopped” Tuesday night.

Tuesday night’s episode, titled “Pork on the Brain,” pitted four chefs from around the country against each other in preparing three pork-related courses for a panel of celebrity chef judges.

“It was by far the most disorienting experience I’ve ever been a part of in terms of my culinary career. It’s jarring. So much so that you make fundamental mistakes and just pray that the person next to you messed up a bit more,” Hayes said in a statement released after the episode’s taping last month. “You find yourself doing things that you previously had yelled at the TV at previous contestants for doing. … But, you just have to trust your gut, have fun, and ride the whole thing out. It was a blast.”

Chef Christian is a #Chopped champion. @foodnetwork

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According to longtime friend and former Sidecar Radio bandmate Jason Stewart, Hayes whipped up a dish of creamed pork brains in the second round of the competition and dark chocolate pork blood pudding for dessert on his way to becoming “Chopped” champion.

Stewart recapped the episode in a post for Q106.5 FM, the Bangor country music radio station where he works as a DJ.

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