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Culinary graduate makes appearance on Food Network

Update | Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A photo with Avishar Barua on the left, then a photo on the right with Guy Fieri from the Food Network and Avishar Barua.

(Pictured, above left, Avishar Barua at Middle West Service Bar in Columbus. Above right, Barua at the table with Guy Fieri looking on in an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network.)

Columbus State graduate Avishar Barua was among the guests on a recent episode of Guy's Grocery Games, hosted by Chef Guy Fieri on the Food Network. Barua is the Executive Chef at Middle West Service Bar in Columbus. Barua is the Executive Chef at Middle West Service Bar in Columbus. In the episode, he faced off with three other chefs and placed second after two contestants were eliminated in the second round.

Avishar Barua graduated from Columbus State in 2013. He started his career at 1808 American Bistro and Veritas in Delaware, Ohio, then worked at New York’s Mission Chinese and WD-50.

Now back in Columbus, Barua’s creations blend his Midwestern upbringing and Bangladeshi roots at Middle West Service Bar. It was named one of the “best new restaurants of 2017” by Columbus Monthly and was listed as one of the “Top 10 New Restaurants” by Columbus Underground.

Barua was one of three culinary experts honored at the annual Taste the Future in 2018. See a 30-second video produced by Columbus State at this link.

He was a contestant on Guy’s Grocery Games, Season 23, Episode 8 titled “Guy’s Trivia Games.”
You can watch the episode at this link. (Note: The episode is $1.99 for each viewing, or $2.99 for HD.)

The Food Network’s summary of Episode 8: Guy Fieri goes wild combining his brand of food trivia with his favorite culinary games. The four competitors are out to prove that they're great chefs who also know a lot about food. First, they're hit with a barrage of international food questions they must answer correctly to earn enough cash to shop for their upscale dinner. Then, Guy allows the chefs to remove not-so-desirable ingredients from their baskets by correctly answering another series of culinary trivia questions. Ultimately, the chef who succeeds in combining their cooking chops and food smarts will get to put up to $20,000 in their cart.



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