By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Aug 06, 2020 at 4:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Chef Dan Jacobs, co-owner of Dandan, is scheduled to show off his true cooking chops as he competes for a chance to one-up three-time James Beard honoree and Iron Chef Bobby Flay on the Food Network series "Beat Bobby Flay."

The new episode, which will pit Jacobs and Chef Tony Nguyen of Crustacean in Beverly Hills against Flay, is scheduled to air on August 16 at 9 p.m. CST.

Entitled "You're Masa-ing With Me!,"  the episode promises steep competition as Food Network's Jet Tila and Chef Carla Hall plot their sweet revenge against Flay by bringing in Asian food specialists to "dodge Bobby's curveballs and take home a win."

The premise of the longtime show, which launched in 2013, is simple. Each half-hour episode begins with a competition between two chefs and Flay, each creating a meal using a featured ingredient chosen by Flay.

The winner, chosen by two judges (in this episode, Jet Tila and Chef Carla Hall), goes on to compete for the ultimate win against Flay. But, strategy is key. In order to win, they must choose a dish they can execute well – and, more importantly – better than Flay himself. Three guest judges (in this case, Tracy Jane Young, Helen Nguyen and Dan Churchill) determine the winner.

Will Jacobs make it to the final round? You’ll just have to watch and see. 

"You're Masa-ing With Me!" will air on the Food Network Aug. 16 at 9 p.m. CST.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.