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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: September 17, 2013

As Seen on TV: Maine chefs & restaurants are big stars of the small screen

Written by: Susan Axelrod

From left: Rob Evans/Food Network; Shutterstock; Clark Frasier/Bravo

Leigh Kellis of Portland’s THE HOLY DONUT competed last week on “Donut Showdown,” a production of Food Network Canada.  She didn’t win (sorry, Leigh, you’re a winner in our book), but got us thinking about how much television cooking shows love Maine chefs and restaurants.

Here are some of our favorites:

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A few more examples of Maine culinary stardom:

  • Rob Evans, chef/owner of Duckfat won “Chopped” in 2011 and was the runner-up on “Chopped Champions” last winter. There must be something in the water there, because Duckfat cook Melissa Corey also won “Chopped” in 2012. Chefs Kate Squibb of Pat’s Cafe and Lee Farrington were competitors on the show as well.
  • Celebrated Ogunquit chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, of Arrows and MC Perkins Cove, competed on “Top Chef Masters” Season 4 (Clark survived one episode beyond Mark).
  • Wild man Guy Fieri has driven his red Camaro Super Sport to Maine several times for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (not really — the car arrives in a truck), visiting A-1 Diner in Gardiner, Maine Diner in Wells, Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery and Becky’s Diner and The Porthole (in its previous incarnation) in Portland.
  • Bobby Flay has cooked and eaten here for both “FoodNation” and “Throwdown,” featuring a number of Maine restaurants including Primo in Rockland and The Lobster Dock in Boothbay.
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