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Raleigh chef Scott Crawford to appear on Thursday’s ‘Recipe for Deception’

Raleigh chef Scott Crawford appears on Bravo’s “Recipe for Deception.”
Raleigh chef Scott Crawford appears on Bravo’s “Recipe for Deception.” Bravo Media/NBCUniversal

Tune in Thursday night to see Raleigh chef Scott Crawford appear on Bravo’s “Recipe for Deception.”

This is the first time that Crawford, executive chef at Standard Foods in Raleigh, has agreed to appear on a television cooking competition. Crawford, a three-time James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best Chef: Southeast, previously worked at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary and now steers a restaurant and market in Raleigh’s energized Person Street area.

“This felt like fun with legitimate ingredients and cooking,” Crawford said last week. “That’s what got me.”

What also helped, Crawford said, is the show is on Bravo, known for its “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” series, and that one of the judges is well-regarded chef Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan.

Beyond Waxman, the show’s other judge is Chris Oh, winner of the third season of “The Great Food Truck Race” and an owner of Seoul Sausage Co. The host is comedian Max Silvestri.

The premise of “Recipe for Deception” is a bit complicated. It is based on the parlor game Two Truths and a Lie and tests a chef’s culinary skills and ability to deceive.

The premise: In each episode, four new chefs compete in three head-to-head elimination rounds in which they have to create a dish featuring a main ingredient.

The twist: They do not know what the ingredient is while they are cooking. Their competitors do.

The lie: The chefs ask each other three “yes or no” questions to try to identify the ingredient and the opponent answers with two truthful answers and one lie.

“It’s a little complicated but not when you start playing it,” Crawford said. “It’s a mind scramble.”

The judges grade the quality of the dishes and the use of the secret ingredient. The winner takes home a $10,000 prize.

“It was such a cool thing to represent Raleigh in Los Angeles (where the show is filmed),” Crawford said last week. “I felt this big responsibility to show well for Raleigh. It was a blast. It was cool experience.”

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Scott Crawford’s episode of “Recipe for Deception” airs at 10 p.m. Thursday on Bravo.