A local chef is being featured on an episode of Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games, a popular evening show on TV’s Food Network.
Chef Aimee Saling, a Dayton native, will be on episode that airs on Sunday May 24th at 8pm.
The show challenges contestants to conjure up recipes using a limited number of grocery store items. It is a cooking test of skills, wits, and speed.
Aimee, who currently is the Executive Chef at Piccolo Wine Room in Glendale, is tight lipped about the episode, but has a picture of her and Guy Fieri in the restaurant. The photo was taken during a break in filming. Chef Saling says Guy was very nice and personable, and even nicknamed her “Dayton.”
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON CHEF AIMEE SALING:
— Chef Saling has an extensive resume, having worked in almost every facet of the kitchen for the last 15 years.
— There is no set menu at Piccolo Wine Room, because Aimee’s menu is a rotating menu which is different every night. The menu is announced approximately 6 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, and usually contains 4 to 5 entree choices. Menu items are also posted on Piccolo’s Facebook Page. Everything is made from scratch with seasonal ingredients.
— Her cooking style can be described as an evolving, fresh, new and artistic plates. Aimee’s meals have distinctive French, Asian, Latin, Italian, and California influences.
— One of the secrets to her success is her sous chef at Piccolo, her husband Neal. A full time Acquisitions Manager, Neal takes time from his career to help Aimee cook on the weekends.
— Aimee juggles a catering business and private chef duties as well. Chef Saling’s catering business is called Redbox Culinary Design. One of her recent clients included the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and their related minor league teams.
The Food Adventures Crew was lucky enough to visit Piccolo Wine Room last weekend to try Chef Saling’s revolving menu. Our entrees of Jicama Duck Tacos, Chicken Carbonara and Filet Mignon Sliders were excellent. It is a great place for a gourmet Food Adventure. The patio and wine room atmosphere is a perfect place for a romantic date, or friends night out. PS.. Dogs are welcome !
We wish Chef Saling the best of luck on “Grocery Games.” Chef House, Hungry Jax and The Big Ragu look forward to visiting her again soon for another outstanding dinner.
Please browse our photo gallery here for some fantastic photos of Chef Saling, her culinary creations, and Piccolo Wine Room’s amenities.
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