July 11, 2014
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Chef and BI-LO vendor partner Jernard Wells.​

Executive chef and BI-LO vendor partner Jernard Wells was recently in the national spotlight when he competed July 6 against other chefs on Food Network’s popular series, Cutthroat Kitchen and won.

Hosted by chef Alton Brown, the show’s concept involves four chefs who each get $25,000 to spend helping themselves in the competition or by sabotaging other contestants. Sabotaging can include stealing ingredients or destroying utensils.

"It was the most exciting adrenaline rush ever," Wells said in a recent interview with Nooga.com. "It separates the chefs from the cooks, the boys from the men."

Chef Wells will soon get even more recognition from the local community. The Chattanooga-based chef was one of the vendors selected to have his products sold in BI-LO stores through the “BI-LOcal” initiative. The program aims at expanding local offerings in BI-LO stores and encouraging the community to buy local.

On April, 27 vendors from Chattanooga and the surrounding area presented their products to a panel of BI-LO decision makers. Chef Wells impressed the team with his variety of sauces and marinades, which he describes as ‘Cajun with Southern flair.’

“We are thrilled for Chef Wells and congratulate him on his big win,” said Daryl Massey, district director. “Chef Wells is a valued partner to BI-LO and we look forward to carrying his products on our store shelves.”

Local products are expected to be placed on store shelves this month.

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