Hollis chef to appear on Food Network

October 22, 2013

HOLLIS — Kent Rollins of Hollis, a fan favorite from the Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters, returns for a new episode seeking redemption.

Rollins, along with three other former runner-up Chopped contestants will compete again in hopes of reclaiming a victory. Shot in the New York City studio location, this will pose a new adventure for the Oklahoma cowboy. “During Grill Masters, I was more in my element – outside with live fire. New York is a bit intimidating because it’s in their kitchen. I may not know what groceries they give me, but I’m out to prove I can cook anything, anywhere, in any condition.

Many may remember Rollins from the widely popular grilling tournament that aired last summer. After a gripping finale and close call, Rollins placed second out of 16 of the nation’s top grillers.

Rollins was a unique addition to the cast with his authentic and polite cowboy nature. But what impressed judges the most was his ability to take bizarre foods and make them simple and satisfying. “Like I told Chef Murphy, life is simple, it’s people who complicate it.”

Rollins makes his home in Hollis with his wife Shannon. They are the owners of Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon which was named the Official Chuck Wagon of Oklahoma by its Governor in 1996. The couple travel the country cooking for festivals and private events and are also among a small handful of chuck wagon cooks who maintain the tradition of cooking for cowboys on working ranches during spring and fall works. Rollins has also appeared on the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay, beating Flay with his famous chicken fried steak.

The episode “Redeemed or Re-Chopped” will premiere on the Food Network Nov. 5, at 9 .m. Central, with re-air dates on Nov. 6 and Nov. 14.