“Rod the Builder” to take on Grant Hermes in Friday prep


When Rod Meloni becomes “Rod the Builder” this Friday, he will be summoned into the kitchen as a new cook. This time it will be against Grant Hermes from Local 4.

Last year, Meloni faced our own Steve Garagiola, who is a chef with his own cookbook. It was even featured on Rachael Ray. The two battled to make an Italian feast of lasagna, grilled dumplings and Caesar salad.

Hermes is a presenter and journalist for Local 4, but if you check out his Instagram, you would know he’s a pretty good cook. He wants Meloni to know that cooking is his domain.

” I’m fine. I’m a good cook. I dabble, ”said Hermès. “I saw Rod’s kitchen. He almost burned down his cabin last year. I think I’m in a pretty good position.

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“I’m going to say this and I’m going to say it very clearly: never, ever trust a lean chef,” Meloni said.

Meloni has stated that he is not intimidated by Hermes, however, he is not on Instagram, so he may not have seen his many dishes.

“An Instagram-ready meal is something that looks good on the plate,” Hermes said. “You eat with your eyes first, so it has to be symmetrical. The color has to be appropriate. You must have small touches and pops of color in other places. It needs to be put on well, and most importantly, it needs to be hot when you eat it later, and that’s the hardest part.

Hermes wants Meloni to know that food has to be Instagram-ready and has to taste great. This is where Meloni becomes skeptical of Hermes.

“I don’t even know where to start with that,” Meloni said. “Here’s my question: if he’s on Instagram, how do we know he tastes good? How do we know that everything he cooks is other than looking good? Said Meloni.

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Meloni and Hermes will face off on Friday at 4 p.m. at Holiday market at Royal Oak in the Mirepoix cooking school. Chef Daniela Abel will be on hand to make sure nothing goes wrong, tip Meloni a couple of tips, then judge what the two cooks are up to before 6 p.m.

Since Meloni is from New England, two of the dishes they’ll be making: clam chowder and lobster rolls. Last year Garagiola chose the menu. They will also make cannoli. The goal will be to create Instagram-ready dishes.

Mirepox often organizes duels, cooking classes and other private events. To consult their complete calendar, Click here.

Mirepoix describes his cooking school as a practical and comfortable environment where people learn to think and cook like a professional chef. She is already offering gift cards for her January calendar.

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