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Atlanta Chef Makes National Debut on Food Network’s "Cooks vs. Cons"

Filed under: Culinary

February 22, 2017

TJ Reddick

Atlanta’s own, Anthony “TJ” Reddick competed for the top spot on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons Wednesday, February 15. Reddick graduated with honors from The Art Institute of Atlanta in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Food & Beverage Management. He took on his opponents and walked away as the episode’s winner. 

The Art Institute of Atlanta hosted a viewing party and reception to cheer on the Atlanta chef’s during his network premier. Guests were invited to taste Reddick’s special “Three Bean Vegetarian Nachos” that he prepared on the show, along other Tex-Mex favorites like quesadillas, chips and salsa. The celebration began in Ai Atlanta’s campus gallery at 8pm and was open to the public. During the reception, Reddick was presented with Ai Atlanta’s Cutting Edge Award in honor of his achievement. The award was given by Nadraqua Dawes, Institutional Dean of Student Services, and Chef James Paul, Program Chair for the Culinary programs. Once the show aired at 9pm, guests transitioned to the viewing room and watched TJ’s episode. 

Growing up in Chicago, Reddick said he always hoped one day he would become a top chef. He served in the Army National Guard for 5 years, which included spending 16 months in Iraq. Reddick now lives in Marietta with his wife, Nerissa and their four children.

“As a chef, it’s a good feeling to have validation in what you create,” said Reddick. “Being on the show, confirmed that I have the level of culinary artistry that is needed in the culinary industry.”

TJ’s story has been featured locally on Atlanta Daybook and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Congratulations to TJ on this wonderful achievement!