Reza Setayesh was declared the winner on “Beat Bobby Flay,” which aired August 9 on the Food Network.
“It was an amazing experience to represent Asheville restaurants, chefs and the community,” Setayesh said in a news release from A-B Tech, where he went to school and was once a Culinary instructor. “Every day we try very hard to show our love and passion by cooking and serving our community and beyond. I appreciate all the support we have had over the past two and half decades being in this special place that we call home.”
Setayesh's signature dish on the show was Jian Bing, a Chinese savory crepe that is often a breakfast street food. It's currently one of the best sellers at his Asheville restaurant, BimBeriBon.
According to A-B Tech, Setayesh filmed the episode in May 2019, and he said getting prepared for the competition show goes back to when he was a Culinary student at A-B Tech in 1987.
“I was picked to compete at the culinary food show in Charlotte and I felt so honored. You get judged in all criteria. I can tell you that my experiences from almost 35 years ago had prepared me,” he said.
A-B Tech said producers for "Beat Bobby Flay" had heard about the Asheville food scene and sought Setayesh out.
“Once the application went through and they set a date for me to come up. They really value your time and set up all the accommodations,” Setayesh said.