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Watch North Center’s Lizzy J Cafe Owner On Food Network’s ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ Tuesday

The show pits four chefs against each other to cook outside a local supermarket, using groceries competitors have bought off shoppers.

Jamie Gilmore, owner of Lizzy J's Cafe.
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NORTH CENTER —  Lizzy J Cafe owner Jamie Gilmore is one of the competitors this week on Food Network’s “Supermarket Stakeout.”

Lizzy J Cafe, 2205 W. Montrose Ave., specializes in Southern comfort food, inspired by Gilmore’s mother and grandmother. It opened in January 2020. 

The show pits four chefs against each other in a pop-up kitchen outside a local supermarket. The competitors must then stake out the store and negotiate with customers for their groceries with a budget of $500 each. Chefs take whatever is in those bags to cook meals according to an assigned theme. The winner gets $10,000.

The network initially reached out to Gilmore last March to ask if she wanted to participate. But production was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and Gilmore didn’t start filming until recently.

“We had to go through a series of COVID tests and more tests when we got to the place we were competing,” Gilmore said. “They were so hospitable and the entire experience was amazing and I was a bit star struck seeing some of the Food Network gurus and chefs that were there.”

Gilmore’s episode of “Supermarket Stakeout” will air Tuesday at 9 p.m.

“I’d love to do it again. It was such a good time and a lot of fun,” Gilmore said. 


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