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Mar 26, 2013 10:45 AM

Search for Best Philly Cheese Steak Chef

Someone's doing a reality show with the prize going to the best Philly Cheese Steak chef. Think it may be a food truck...

Anyway, the call is on Casting Networks. Anyone who's qualified to submit can register for free at Casting Networks. Searching for "Philly Cheese Steak" should bring up the details.

Yo! And bon appetit...

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  1. As a native daughter of Philadelphia, I am here to tell you that you DO NOT WANT a chef making your cheesesteak. You want a good short-order cook who believes in slicing onions by hand several times a day. Chefs ruin everything good about a cheesesteak! They want to get way too creative with something that exists in a state of greasy zen perfection when done well...

    Now I want a cheesesteak!

    Seeker, by your zip code I see you are also a Philadelphian. Native? And do you think I am too harsh on those who try to impose their visions upon a cheesesteak?

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    1. re: StrandedYankee

      Yes. So what if chefs use some creativity? It's not like the thousands of steak shops are now going to have to make them that way. Creativity is what invented the steak sandwich in the first place, then the cheesesteak, then the cheesesteak using cheez whiz. I don't see anything wrong with chefs going overboard using their creativity with something mundane as a basis. If it sounds too weird or expensive to me, I just won't eat it. I don't consider it a slap in the face of tradition that they came up with it.

      1. re: RC51Mike

        You may have a's just that none of the creative takes on a cheesesteak I've ever had taste all that good. Well, a couple have tasted good, but they basically were so far removed from cheesesteaks that they just came across as more like a variation on a french dip, or a po' boy, or an Italian (Chicago) beef sandwich.

        BTW, I HATE Cheeze Whiz! I prefer American. My mom is truly old cheese, but extra oil and raw onions.

        1. re: StrandedYankee

          My dad is the same. Never cheese, always onions. But I prefer American cheese over anything else.

          1. re: Philly Ray

            Maybe we can get them together? They can enjoy their cheeseless steaks together and cluck over how we don't know what's good.

    2. I have learned that anyone who calls it a "Philly Cheese Steak" doesn't know how to make one.

      Also, it isn't Cheese Steak, it's Cheesesteak (one word).