She’s an accomplished chef/restaurateur, entrepreneur and TV personality/host but Chef Nyesha Arrington, best known for competing on season 9 of “Top Chef” and recently appearing on “Selena + Chef” on HBO Max, will soon return to television preparing a new meal with Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo in FOX’s “Next Level Chef” (premiering September 1st 2021 on FOX), a new cooking competition series that features a culinary gauntlet, set on a stage over three stories high, each floor containing a different kitchen.
During the show, line cooks, home chefs, social media stars and food struck owners will compete against each other to be crowned the food world’s newest superstar.
Nyesha, Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo will each recruit a group of the chefs and take them under their wings to get the best out of them and help them win the $250,000 grand prize.
Born and raised in Los Angeles to a multi-cultural family, Arrington has been in love with the kitchen since she was a little girl helping cook alongside her black aunts and Korean grandmother, Ai-Soon Lee, who she named her sauces after.
Arrington is a member of a highly artistic family; both her father and sister have passion for music. Her father, John Edward Arrington plays bass; sister Janet Lee Arrington excels on drums. Her mother, Sophia Yvonne Arrington, uses her creativity as a seamstress. Before pursuing her culinary career and an exceptional eye for her visual detail, Arrington aspired to learn everything relating to art. She took on sculpting, watercolor, pointillism, and photography classes, developing her use of color, texture and composition, ultimately reflected in her approach to cooking.
“Every plate is like a canvas,” says Arrington. “Chefs must be able to control brain function like no other, including everything from organizing from their prep, to assessing the menu and knowing their audience. I love the process.”
When she’s not creating culinary masterpieces, Nyesha delights in spending time outdoors and in the gym, recently losing weight due to her new, healthy diet and lifestyle. She’s also an avid snowboarder, loves hanging at the beach, and continues to love art. However, her greatest enthusiasm will always be cooking for others.