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Reality TV dreams come true: Chef Adam Pechal to appear on ‘The Taste’

Chef Adam Pechal

Adam Pechal has dreamt of landing a gig on the small screen for years. Not for his stage prowess though, but for his culinary artisanship.

Chef Pechal – the head chef and owner of The Tuli Restaurant Group – is in it to win. He’ll make his debut on ABC’s new reality cooking show, “The Taste,” on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

“I’ve been trying to get on a show for a few years with not much success,” said Pechal. “I have a casting director who’s always been in my corner and liked what I did. She gave me a call and told me there was a new show. I went and tried out and it stuck this time.”

Pechal has been whipping up culinary delights in Sacramento since he started cooking at the age of 17. A graduate of New York’s Culinary Institute of America, Pechal is now the chef and owner of Midtown favorite Tuli Bistro, the sophisticated Restaurant THIR13EN and the more personalized Tuli Catering.

“I’ve come and gone, but I started cooking here in Sacramento, and I’ve now been cooking for over half of my life,” Pechal said. “What I love most about my job is that no two days are the same. Each day is a whole new set of challenges, new obstacles and new adventures.”

During his 15 years in the business of crafting cuisine with his own distinct urban flare, Pechal has worked in New York, Napa and Seattle and under renowned chefs Mark Miller and Thomas Keller. He has a known preference for locally grown seasonal ingredients, only one factor that makes him one of the top chefs in the Sacramento restaurant scene.

“The Taste,” however, is not your typical Friday night spent in the weeds of a dinner rush. The show features celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and each episode pits teams of professional and home chefs against one another. The dishes are then submitted to the teams’ mentors for a blind taste test.

Did Chef Pechal make the cut? He’s not telling.

“Basically the first show is going to be the audition phase. Sixty people go down to LA, and the judge/mentors pick their teams, four people each. Hopefully one of those judges picked me. You’ll have to see.”

Join Pechal at Restaurant THIR13EN on Tuesday, Jan. 22, to find out for yourself. Tickets are available online for $25. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Appetizers and one free drink come with the purchase of a ticket. The premiere of “The Taste” starts at 8 p.m, but there will be a special surprise at 6:30 p.m. for those who arrive at Restaurant THIR13EN early.

As to just what that surprise might be, Pechal had this to say: “There is going to be some additional entertainment, but it’s actually a surprise even for me. I think it’s going to something along the lines of ‘This is Your Life.’ There were talks of a roast, but I happen to hear something ahead of time, and put the kabosh on that…

At least for now.” 

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