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Chef Doug Keane appears in/screens episode one of ‘Top Chef Masters’

Monday, July 22nd, 2013 | Posted by

Chef Douglas Keane poses with Lola. (Photo: Ethan Hill)

Healdsburg Chef Douglas Keane has teamed up with sous chef Drew Glassell for Bravo Media’s “Top Chef Masters,” season five.  The show promises big money to the last chef standing, in the form of $100 thousand, for his or her selected charity. The first episode will air on Bravo TV and Healdsburg Bar and Grill will screen it on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Keane is playing for Green Dog Rescue in Windsor. He is a certified dog trainer and has been involved for more than two and a half years with the group. Keane’s contentious lawsuit against the Healdsburg Animal Shelter over a dog named Cash, ended when he moved the dog to King’s Kastle, an affiliate of Green Dog.

Keane and Glassell hope to bring home the bacon in the form that $100 thousand for Green Dog. According to Becky Thomas of Green Dog, these are “crazy-exciting time” for the rescue organization.

Keane owned and operated the two Michelin-starred Cyrus on North Street in Healdsburg until ongoing lawsuits and disagreements with  Bill Foley of Le Mars Hotel. Foley purchased the Cyrus location to open his restaurant, Chalkboard, according to Nick Peyton. He continues to be co-owner, with Nick Peyton, of the Healdsburg Bar and Grill.

On the show, each “Master’s” sous chef will compete online in the “Battle of the Sous Chefs,” in segments hosted by Hugh Acheson. The sous chefs can win advantages such as “immunity” from being chopped from the show. However, they can earn disadvantages, as well, causing their partner to have to compete over obstacles.

Chef Douglas Keane has “amassed a litany of local and national awards,” according to the show’s website. “His cooking follows a simple philosophy, Shibumi.” It is a Japanese term that means simple elegance and quiet perfection. Chef Drew Glassell is a “California native and former Marine.” He graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 1997. Glassell has worked with Keane for 14 years, also according to Nick Peyton.

According to Bravo’s online announcement, “Every episode of ‘Battle of the sous Chefs’ leads up to the next episode of ‘Top Chef Masters,’ and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a Master chef and his or her sous chef.” The first online battle can be seen here.

The television program’s host is celebrity chef Curtis Stone, along with food critic Gail Simmons. A panel of four judges will taste the courses. In addition, there will be guest judges in the form of entertainers and celebrities, which will include Kathie Lee Gifford, the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba and Mindy Kaling.  Top Chef Masters has given over one million dollars to charities. There are 13 top chefs competing, including Keane.

Green Dog organized the event at Healdsburg Bar and Grill, in association with Nick Peyton. Peyton says one or more of the restaurant’s six large flat screen televisions will be tuned to the show, depending upon interest of those attending. Bar snacks will be provided. Douglas Keane expects to be present for the screening.

*The story was updated on July 23 to reflect corrections in the length of time Keane and Glassell have worked together, that Green Dog Rescue planned the screening event and the details of the sale of the Cyrus space to Foley. Nick Peyton provided the corrections.

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