Southeastern Kentucky restaurant reaches final round of show on the Food Network

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 4:15 PM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery was featured on ‘American Restaurant Battle’ Tuesday night and got to the final round of the competition before being named runners-up.

Matthew Holsten, Sous Chef at the Wrigley, played a supporting role in the show.

”It was really exciting it’s been kind of pins and needles waiting for it to come out cause we’ve been kind of excited about what it looked like,” Holsten said.

Holsten helped sum up the feeling of what it was like to be challenged in a cooking show: stressful.

”Extremely stressful. But being in the kitchen you know you thrive under stress and pressure,” Holsten said.

People in Corbin hope being featured in the show will bring more traffic and tourism to restaurants all throughout the city.

“Well I’m hoping it just shines a light on the Wrigley and the whole region of Appalachia cause the cuisine that’s down here is so fantastic and amazing and highly unique,” Holsten said.

General Manager at the Wrigley, Shannon Ferrel, emotionally shared how this opportunity is bringing light to both his staff and that to the city of Corbin.

”I was just really happy. It basically brought me to tears that the Wrigley got represented that day,” Ferrel said.

The staff of The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery are eager to share the moment with locals and those hoping to one day, too, represent their area.

”Again hoping we did everyone proud and hope everyone watching enjoys it and sees how much fun we had putting on that show cooking for everyone,” said Holsten.

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