Portland Press Herald: Maine chefs show they can take the heat on food TV

Maine chefs show they can take the heat on food TV - Portland Press Herald

excerpted from the Portland Press Herald, December 12, 2018 – Article by Meredith Goad

As Maine’s restaurant scene has drawn ever more national attention, food TV has come calling

Shanna & Brian O’Hea, the chef/owners of Academe and The Kennebunk Inn are veterans of many television appearances, ranging from local TV stations to national networks. They’ve had local exposure from Maine to Texas and have appeared nationally the Food Network and The Travel Channel.

Appearing on food TV has become a marketing strategy in and of itself for Shanna and Brian O’Hea, chefs at Academe in the Kennebunk Inn. First, their lobster pot pie made it onto the Food Network show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

“That episode changed our whole business,” she said. “It got us on the Food Network radar.”

Then, she made it on to “Chopped” in 2012, but didn’t win. She later appeared on “Rewrapped,” where she was challenged to create a dessert using Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli. O’Hea won handily with her Beef Ravioli Spice Cake. Her prize? A year’s supply of the canned ravioli, which she donated to a food bank. She’s also been on “Beat Bobby Flay.”

The O’Heas parlayed their 15 minutes of TV fame into a side business shipping the lobster pot pie and other products. They go on guest chef cruises on Holland America, and they cook at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in Florida. They teach at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School. O’Hea credits learning to talk on camera with putting her at ease in all these other situations.

“You can be a great chef,” she said, “but you have to be able to talk to people.”

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About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," "Chopped," "Rewrapped," and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "O" The Magazine. The O'Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston's "Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton's "Boca Bacchanal" Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.