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Clifford Crooks

BLT Steak

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Clifford Crooks Cliff Crooks, Food Network Star & Culinary Director at BLT Restaurant Group, was born in New York, New York, and became curious about food when he was very young. “I grew up cooking with my nana — she was a fantastic cook — and that was the beginning of my child-like curiosity about... READ MORE

Clifford Crooks Cliff Crooks, Food Network Star & Culinary Director at BLT Restaurant Group, was born in New York, New York, and became curious about food when he was very young. “I grew up cooking with my nana — she was a fantastic cook — and that was the beginning of my child-like curiosity about food in general,” he recalls. Starting at age 15, Cliff worked as a host, busser, server and bartender before slowly working his way up, going from line cook to sous chef, to eventually becoming an executive chef at some high-end New York City restaurants. Cliff’s career at BLT started in 2010 at BLT Steak New York, where he led the kitchen for more than two years. In 2013, Chef Cliff was named Culinary Director of BLT Restaurant Group and has since played an integral role in inspiring culinary growth among his staff and demonstrating a strong commitment to the brand’s ethos of exceeding expectations through outstanding food and hospitality.

Cliff has appeared as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s The Kitchen, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Restaurant Impossible and Tournament of Champions. He has also appeared as a judge on Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped JuniorBeat Bobby Flay, Vegas Chef Showdown and Battle of the Brothers. Currently, Cliff co-hosts Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America and hosts Chef Boot Camp, which follows Crooks as he helps three restaurant chefs, who have been nominated by establishment owners, to spruce up their lackluster skills and performance in the kitchen. With their jobs on the line, Chef Cliff takes them through a series of grueling food challenges to determine who has the talent and passion to succeed and who is better off leaving the restaurant for good.

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Dinner with Cliff Crooks and Sohla El-Waylly

Intimate Dinners

Thu, Oct 13

7:00 PM

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