Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell - Abel's On the Lake

Abels on the Lake Austin Chef Wanted
Another new episode of Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell is on tonight in its normal Thursday at 10pm EST time slot on the Food Network.  This episode will be trying to find an executive chef for the restaurant Abel's On The Lake in Austin, Texas.  The chefs competing for the job this episode are Jon Gaboric, Teri McLeod, Chris Cook, and Matt Martinez.  Spoiler and more restaurant info after the jump if you want to know the winner:

This screenshot was taken from YouTube from the casting site, and has the four chefs listed.  As you can see, Jon Gaboric is listed as the winner of this episode, so you can expect him to win tonight.

Chef Wanted Abels Winner

There are articles of Jon Gaboric being the General Manager and Executive Chef at Sobani in Austin, which currently has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp and a lot of good reviews.  If you look at Abel's on the Lake on Yelp, they have a 3 star rating with a lot of people saying the only good thing about the restaurant is the view.  Also, looking at the Abel's menu, it looks like it has the typical bar food (appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, etc.).  So it looks like if Jon does win, that is might even be a step down from his current position.

Far from the 'dream job' that Chef Wanted advertises.  I would say with the show going from six restaurants in season one to 13 restaurants in season two has watered down the choices and quality of the restaurants appearing on the show.  So tune in tonight to hear Anne count down from 10 to 1, and yell at chefs competing for the opportunity to cook pub food.

UPDATE - Jon did win, and with an update that will not shock many, he is not at Abel's on the Lake because it 'wasn't the right fit.'  


  1. Jon is not at Abels.  Oh well, their goes any hope for Abels to get their act together

  2. Glad to hear that Jon landed in a place more suitable for his style of cooking. Sounds like Abel's isn't all it thinks it is.

  3. How long after he won did they find he was "not the right fit"? I just saw this on TV, and already he's not the right fit?

  4. Get up at 4:30 a.m. every dogs get me up, so it's difficult for me to stay awake at 9:00 p.m. to watch, and, as usual, I slept through this.  I love this show, but WTH is going on...the guy just won and he's already gone?  I'm beginning to think that nothing is "real" anymore.  I've been looking forward to seeing the repeat of this I really don't care.

  5. Once a resturant is in the pits, the best thing to do is close it, change the name if needed, change the concept and the look of the place and open with a good "COOK" in place, judging by the picture of this place it doesn't need an Executive Chef, it needs a good cook and capable managment.owner, that can order food and pay the staff.

  6. In case anyone is still wondering, this episode has sufficient close-up shots of the tickets to show that both "dinner services" were the same Tuesday (October 16, 2012).