Denver chef Jenna Johansen dishes on her debut on Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates
The premiere of Around the World in 80 Plates, a fast-paced reality show hosted by Cat Cora and Chris Stone that debuts tonight on Bravo at 8 p.m., pits two teams of six chefs against one another in a highly competitive sprint across continents that will end with one chef strutting away with $150,000 in prize money.
Jenna Johansen, the former chef of Dish in Edwards who now resides in Denver with Mark DeNittis, the sausage sultan behind Il Mondo Vecchio (the two are engaged), is one of the dozen chefs making a run for the money, and tonight's episode unfolds in the confines of several London pubs, where the chefs are required to pound pints and yards, drink Pimm's cocktails and stuff their guts with steak and kidney pie and black pudding hash. The teams are then required to cook a pub meal for a crowd of Londoners, who determine which team loses the challenge.
I recently chatted with Johansen, who will be at the Icehouse Tavern, 1801 Wynkoop Street, tonight to watch the debut, about her around-the-world adventure, the relationships she had with her fellow chefs and the one thing that everyone begged her not to do.