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Follow-up: Manteca Chef fares well- wins challenge on Cutthroat Kitchen

Chef Michael Midgley thought he'd lost it duirng Sunday's (January 12) episode of Cutthroat Kitchen when he was given a child's kitchen to work in for the final round.

This is it, he said to himself, as he took his place behind a cooking station built for, in his words, "a gnome". Midgely, the exectuive chef at Ernie's Food & Spirits in Manteca, thought  it was going to be a nightmare.

But Midgley got down to the challenge, did not come up short and defeated his opponent's balsmic tainted shortcake dessert with a strawberry shortcake dish set off by goat cheese.

As the winner, he pocketed $15,500 - the balance of the $25,000 in spending money each contestant was given at the start of the show.  He said he would celelbrate by taking his daughter to her favorite amusement park.

Manteca chef Michael Midgley back on TV- Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen

Top Chef launched chef Michael Midgley's star as a small-town cook with big-league potential  Then Knife Fight showecased his streetwise personality and his ability to judge exotic dishes.

Next - he's back as a contestant on Cutthroat Kitchen this Sunday- January 12 at 10 PM on the Food Netwok.

Midgley is executive chef at Ernie's Food and Spiritis in Manteca.  Ernie's General Manager Brian Soria says the local valley is very lucky to have such a talented chef as Midgely and.."hopefully, after Cutthroat Kitchen airs this Sunday it will bring more food lovers to Ernies  Food & Spriits."

 The show pits four contestants against one another, testing thier acumen in the kitchen as as well as thier competitive spriit. Each contestant is given $25,000 to shop for ingredients  and, according to Midgely, "There are these sabotages they throw at you."

How does he "fare"?  Watch Sunday to find out!

30 Homemade Edible Gifts

30 Homemade Edible Gifts


​It’s almost Christmas – are you ready? Don’t worry about pushing your way through the crowds at the mall to get those last few gifts. Instead, I found 30 edible gifts you can make! It’s always nice to get a homemade gift and this list has a variety of things that would please everyone, from spice blends for a foodie to pre-made mixes for someone who doesn’t love to cook. We all get tons of cookies and treats around the holidays, so I purposefully picked things that don’t have to be eaten right away.

Enjoy a Relaxing Wine Tasting Experience this Winter in Napa Valley

Enjoy a Relaxing Wine Tasting Experience this Winter in Napa Valley

Enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience this winter in Napa Valley. From Dec. 6, 2013, to Feb. 9, 2014, Calistoga will host its fifth annual Winter in the Wineries Passport program, a unique wine tasting guide offering visitors a relaxed way to tour, taste and meet winemakers at 14 noteworthy wineries, as well as experience the warm and genuine vibe of the charming northern Napa Valley town.

For $75, Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport program allows passport holders to access up to 14 wine tastings any time during the two month period – a wine tasting value of over $250. Additionally, passport holders will receive discounts at several of Calistoga’s finest restaurants, lodging properties and downtown shops.

2013 Weekly Challenge #48: Pick Your Day!

2013 Weekly Challenge #48: Pick Your Day!
2013 Weekly Challenge #48: Pick Your Day! Tis the season for parties, celebrations, get togethers...food is everywhere all the time this time of year, and it isn't always the healthy stuff.

The bad news: the average person expects to gain weight during the holidays, and does so.

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' - and the Winner is?

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' - and the Winner is?

With 'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' News10 viewers get a chance to decide where News10 Good Morning co-anchor Dan Elliott will be live during the following Friday's 5 and 6 a.m. newscasts.

Voting began on-air last Friday morning Nov. 15 and ended Tuesday Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

The winner was announced Wednesday Nov. 20 on News10 Good Morning.

This week's picks were in Vacaville and they were:

Joe's Creekside Cafe

Wren's Cafe

Viewers chimed in and OVER 44,000 votes were cast.

We want to thank the viewers, Joe's Creekside Cafe and Wren's Cafe for participating in our poll.

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' winner announced Nov. 20

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' winner announced Nov. 20

With 'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' News10 viewers get a chance to decide where News10 Good Morning co-anchor Dan Elliott will be live during the following Friday's 5 and 6 a.m. newscasts.

Voting began on-air last Friday morning Nov. 15 and ended Tuesday Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

The winner will be announced Wednesday Nov. 20 on News10 Good Morning.

This week's picks were in Vacaville and they were:

Joe's Creekside Cafe

Wren's Cafe 

Tune into News10 Good Morning Wednesday morning to hear who the winner is.  You won't want to miss it!