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Nickel City Chef Video Recap: Van Wagner vs. Boye

With a packed house and the smell of competition in the air, the first show of Nickel City Chef's third season began, a challenge featuring Nickel City Chef Krista Van Wagner of Curly's against challenger Chef Jennifer Boye of the Mansion on Delaware Avenue.

After introductions were made, the secret ingredient was revealed—apples from Dan Tower Farms in Youngstown, NY. The chefs had both Crispins and MacIntosh apples to work with.

Dan Tower Farms is a family operation that sells most of its apples and other products at a variety of local farmers markets, including Elmwood-Bidwell, the Downtown Country Market, Clinton-Bailey and the North Tonawanda Market. Dan is a fifth generation farmer and he and Iris are known for their excellent fruit, farm-fresh eggs and great apple cider.

New York state is one of the largest producers of apples in the country, but recent studies show that over 70% of the apples eaten in New York City come from out of state. In addition to promoting the hard work and talent of our region's chefs, Nickel City Chef works to spotlight the farms of our region—of which there are over 8,000.

The competition was stiff, with both chefs prepared exciting dishes featuring the secret ingredient in unexpected ways. It was one of the closest Nickel City Chef competitions ever, and Jennifer Boye of the Mansion and her sous chef Jamie Zynda held their own against the well-practiced and perfectly-synched team of Krista Van Wagner and her husband, Kirk.

Watch the video below to see all the dishes, meet the judges and hear the inside scoop on the day's events.

Buffalo Spree is a proud sponsor of Nickel City Chef.

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