Feed Your Soul is proud to present Western New York with Nickel City Chef, a fun and exciting culinary series featuring some of the Western New York region’s top chefs and farmers.

Described by many as Buffalo’s own version of Iron Chef, Nickel City Chef is as much about Western New York as it is about cooking and entertainment. The series is designed to expose our area’s talented chefs, providing them with an arena in which to showcase dishes that may be too daring or complicated to warrant a permanent position on a restaurant’s dinner menu.


Nickel City Chef takes place in one of the city’s best kept secrets, Artisan Kitchens & Baths, a fully restored turn-of-the-century warehouse on Buffalo’s west side. Outfitted with two top-of-the-line kitchens and our roving cameras, guests can view the competition live or watch the lush footage beamed directly from the kitchens onto overhead monitors. This unique set-up is the ideal location for guests to enjoy light snacks and drinks while experiencing this popular cooking competition first hand.



Nickel City Chef operates from February through April of each year. Tickets always go on sale the first Friday of January.



Tickets for this series typically sell out quickly, so be sure to order yours without hesitation. a limited number of season tickets go on sale December 1. Tickets for individual shows go on sale the first Friday of January each year.

General ticketholder information can be found on our Audience FAQ page.


feed your soul productions

Feed Your Soul is a company dedicated to developing and executing both private and public events focused on the food and agriculture of Western New York.  In 2008, Feed Your Soul was founded by Christa Glennie Seychew, who has long championed the notions that Buffalo’s agricultural and culinary bounty are a fundamental component to Buffalo’s renaissance.


the book

The book, Nickel City Chef: Buffalo’s Finest Chefs and Ingredients, can be found online at It details the first three years of Nickel City Chef and includes a documentary of the show and WNY’s farm-to-table movement, recipes from each competition, bios on each participating chef, and write-ups on all the farm and artisan producers involved in the show up until 2012!