If you’ve ever eaten at Twisted Cuisine, at 7546 Sheridan Road in Kenosha, chances are you know some of the staff by name. You may even know the owner or Chef – they make it a point to treat guests as they do their friends and family. The Twisted circle is about to get a lot bigger when Food Network airs an episode of Supermarket Stakeout in March. Twisted’s Executive Chef, Erica Buskirk, will be featured on the show – bringing all her Midwest charm to a national broadcast.
The show features four chefs facing off in a competitive pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store with host Alex Guarnaschelli. A theme is assigned for each round, but the twist is that the Chefs must size up shoppers as they exit the store and negotiate purchasing their groceries from them as the ingredients they can cook with.
Buskirk is no stranger to working under pressure either. In 2016 she competed in the Chicago edition of Culinary Fight Club, where her team took first place. In 2017 she was invited to be the Sous Chef for Chef Mark Gaylord as he competed at the World Food Championships. Her biggest challenges to date though are not in the kitchen. By day, Buskirk teaches Culinary Arts for Racine Unified School District at Case High School. The kids keep her on her toes and she learns more about herself and the art of cooking each day.
When we asked her about the filming experience, she said it was “an amazing ride.” Having never been on national television before, she was excited and nervous to head west to film, especially during the pandemic. “The crew, talent, and other chefs were all amazing to work with. COVID precautions were top notch, I never felt unsafe. And competing was so much fun, that by the time we started, I forgot to be nervous,” said Buskirk.
Buskirk has worked as Executive Chef at Twisted Cuisine for more than 10 years. After attending Culinary School in Pennsylvania, she went on to work as a Restaurant Manager, Line Cook, and even in Food Supply Sales. She has worked in kitchens across the country and brings back flavors for inspiration from the places she has lived and visited. She is passionate about food and the restaurant business. Learning from her mom at an early age that simple ingredients can be transformed into tasty dishes is where that passion got its start.
Buskirk’s episode of Supermarket Stakeout will air on March 16 at 9pm CST on Food Network. Twisted Cuisine will be open and serving their full menu, and possibly some special dishes in the days surrounding the premiere to show off Chef Erica’s skills. Patrons who are dining in and staff will be watching the show from the restaurant. You can always order carryout or even delivery and have a Twisted experience while you view from home, too. Watch for updates about the viewing party at twistedcuisine.com and on their social media channels.
Twisted Cuisine is located at 7546 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI 53143
Book your reservations by calling 262-564-0220
Hours are Tuesday- Thursday 4pm -8pm, Friday & Saturday 4pm -9pm
See more at twistedcuisine.com
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Story written by Donny Stancato
Photos taken from Twisted Cuisine’s Facebook