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LIC chef to make comeback on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’


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One Long Island City chef hopes this time she’ll put her competition on the chopping board.

Natasha Pogrebinsky, executive chef and co-founder of Long Island City’s Bear Bar and Restaurant, will be making her comeback on a “Return and Redeem” episode of the Food Network’s “Chopped,” airing Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The chef made her first appearance on the show in August, where she competed against three other chefs. In the end, although the judges struggled to make a final decision, Pogrebinsky came in second.

Now, she is ready to go head to head with three other returning chefs for a $10,000 prize on next week’s episode.

“It definitely feels great to be back on, to represent Queens and to represent New York City,” Pogrebinsky said. “It was just as intense and real [as last time], and I was just happy to come back and put up a fight.”

Contestants on “Chopped” receive baskets filled with mystery ingredients. Each chef must create dishes and compete to make it to the next round.

On the Feb. 25 episode, the returning chefs work with ingredients such as sour candy, green lime jello and palm seeds.

“It was a much tighter competition,” Pogrebinsky said about her return. “You see the basket and you don’t know what is really in there. You have to think on your feet, you have two seconds to decide. It’s very nerve racking and you pull out everything you’ve learned in your culinary career.”

In 2011, she and her brother, both immigrants from the Ukraine, opened up Bear Bar and Restaurant, serving modern Russian cuisine. Currently the siblings are looking to open a fast food Russian restaurant in the same neighborhood.

Since her first time on “Chopped,” Pogrebinsky said she has seen a large amount of support from fans, customers, family and friends.

There will be a viewing party at the restaurant Tuesday night, Feb. 25 starting at 8:30 p.m. Guests can RSVP by emailing contact@BearNYC.com or calling 917-396-4939 to see if Pogrebinksy comes out a winner. They will also be able to taste samples of dishes the chef cooked on the show.

The “Return and Redeem” episode will premiere on the Food Network at 10 p.m.

Bear Bar and Restaurant is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., for dinner on Tuesday to Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

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LIC chef comes in second on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’


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Being “chopped” never felt so good.

Although Long Island City chef Natasha Pogrebinsky didn’t win the grand prize on the show, she left with an unforgettable experience.

“I’m not upset about the outcome at all, I’m very happy that I had the chance to talk about my story, my restaurant, my type of cuisine,” said Pogrebinsky. “I was really happy I was a part of it.”

Friends and supporters gathered on Tuesday, August 6 at Pogrebinsky’s Bear Restaurant, located at 12-14 31st Avenue, for a viewing party to watch the chef take on lemon bars and whelk snails on that night’s episode of the Food Network’s “Chopped.” Guests were able to taste samples of dishes Pogrebinsky cooked on the show.

The Courier spoke to Pogrebinsky before the episode aired about her experience on the show.
“It’s a little surreal,” said Pogrebinsky. “I like a challenge and it was really fun to meet new people and be thrown into a crazy environment.”

On the August 6 episode, called “Walk on the Whelk Side,” the chefs worked with ingredients such as whelk snails, lemon bars, lamb shawarma, acai juice, upland cress and cucumbers.
Pogrebinsky competed against Long Island Chef Ben Durham and California Chefs Paolo Pasio and Katsuji Tanabe.

Contestants on “Chopped” receive baskets filled with mystery ingredients. Each chef must create dishes and compete to make it to the next round.

After serving sautéed snails as an appetizer and cooking up a stroganoff for the entrée round, Pogrebinsky made it to the final dessert round where she battled against Chef Tanabe.

The two chefs had 30 minutes to create a dish using cucumber salad, cantaloupe, sesame seed candy and marshmallow spread. Pogrebinsky created a sesame cookie with marshmallow cream and Tanabe whipped up a crepe with cantaloupe cucumber sherbet.

In the end, as the judges struggled to make a final decision,Tanabe became the Chopped winner and took home the $10,000 grand prize.

“Food is magical, food is exciting and intriguing and mysterious and doing it at the restaurant is one level and being able to create that little moment , little story for people to watch all over the world is amazing,” said Pogrebinsky.

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LIC chef to appear on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’


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Photos courtesy of Natasha Pogrebinsk

Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky hopes her dish does not end up on the chopping block.

The executive chef and co-founder of Bear Bar and Restaurant, located at 12-14 31st Avenue in Long Island City, will appear on an episode of the Food Network’s “Chopped” airing Tuesday, August 6. On the show, which has already been taped, she competes against three other chefs for a $10,000 prize.

“It’s a little surreal,” said Pogrebinsky. “I’m a really competitive person and I love when there’s a rush. I like a challenge and it was really fun to meet new people and be thrown into a crazy environment.”

Contestants on “Chopped” receive baskets filled with mystery ingredients. Each chef must create dishes and compete to make it to the next round.

On the August 6 episode, called “Walk on the Whelk Side,” the chefs work with ingredients such as whelk snails, lemon bars, lamb shawarma and cucumbers.

“I was immediately in the zone, I was paying attention to the clock but at the same time I forgot the cameras were there and that there were other contestants,” said Pogrebinsky. “In real life in the kitchen I take weeks to design a dish. You find the right ingredients, you test them, you pair them, you try them in different ways and in here [the show] that’s all out the window.”

When it came to the judging, Pogrebinsky said she was not too nervous because she feels like she is always being judged.

“Every time a dish goes out, I worry about it,” she said. “I’m confident with every dish I put out, but at the same time because I care about it so much, I always look for that feedback from customers.”

After being a high school history teacher, Pogrebinsky was pushed by her brother to follow her dreams and passion to become a chef. In 2011, she and her brother, both immigrants from the Ukraine, opened up Bear Bar and Restaurant serving modern Russian cuisine.

“I still feel like I’m that culinary kid that is so inspired,” said Pogrebinksy. “It feels great and it is something I’ve always wanted.”

There will be a viewing party at the restaurant Tuesday night, August 6. Guests can RSVP to see if Pogrebinksy comes out a “Chopped” winner. They will also be able to taste samples of dishes the chef cooked on the show.

Once the episode ends, Pogrebinksy will talk about her experience.

The “Walk on the Whelk Side” episode will premiere on the Food Network at 10 p.m.

Bear Bar and Restaurant is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., for dinner on Tuesday to Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

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