A Valley Chef is in the National Spotlight

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Zale's contest opportunity is a chance to put the friendly city on the map.

The Food Network filmed the show four months ago, and the executive chef says that a big reason he went from his kitchen to the Food Network, was all because of social media.

"Actually was found on Instagram. I currently post a lot of pictures of the food that we do here at the Chop House and one of the talent agents from Cutthroat Kitchen found me through there," said Zale.

Zale posts pictures on his Facebook page in addition to Instagram.

On the show chefs bid on culinary tools and try to sabotage the others, all in an effort to help themselves cook gourmet dishes.

Meanwhile, in the Local Chop kitchen, the competition isn't so fierce.

Zale preps most of his meal dishes using local farm ingredients. This is something Local Chop and other restaurants in the Friendly City are known for.

His skills will also be put to use for an upcoming wine dinner at the restaurant.

Zale didn't win the show, but his time on the show is already leading to other national opportunities.

"It's great exposure for the restaurant being a small chef in a small town," said Zale.

At the restaurant, they're hopeful the exposure will bring more people to the valley to explore local food options.


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