Home Team BBQ executive chef wins ‘Chopped’ episode

Taylor Garrigan of Home Team BBQ won last night's episode of the Food Network television show "Chopped." (File/Marie Rodriguez/Special to The Post and Courier)

Taylor Garrigan of Home Team BBQ defeated three fellow Charleston chefs to win an episode of Food Network’s Chopped, first aired last night.

Garrigan, executive chef and partner of the local micro-chain, was dealt a basket stocked with barbecue sauce, shrimp, bananas and coconuts, among other items. “Taylor talking to his ribs: ‘Come on, baby girl, come on’,” Garrigan’s pals at Southern Soul Barbecue on St. Simons Island tweeted admiringly during the broadcast. Garrigan coaxed a win over Jimi Hatt of Guerilla Cuisine, Deljuan Murphy of Fleet Landing and Heather Edwards of Cannon Bar & Kitchen.

Now in its twenty-third season, the popular cooking competition show has featured a number of Charleston chefs. Vinson Petrillo was declared the winner of an episode before taking his current job at Zero Café + Bar, while Bay Street Biergarten’s line cook Eva Winans was eliminated from a December episode for undercooking rice. An episode which first aired in January featured Emily Hahn of Warehouse , Vandy Vanderwarker of The Ordinary and Victoria Neikrik of Pearlz Oyster Bar.

For more information about the show and related video, visit foodnetwork.com/shows/chopped.html.