‘Superchef’ Darnell Ferguson bests Top Chef winner in Tournament of Champions battle

Contestant Darnell Ferguson, as seen on Tournament of Champions, Season 4.

Contestant Darnell Ferguson, as seen on Tournament of Champions, Season 4.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story indicated Ferguson was still involved with local SuperChefs.

Celebrity chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur Darnell Ferguson has been busy as of late.

The chef that helped start SuperChef’s breakfast eatery has been a familiar face for Food Network viewers, and on Sunday got even closer to the competition’s grand prize.

Ferguson won his sudden-death battle against Ilan Hall, a Top Chefs season 2 winner, on Sunday and will move forward in the competition.

The fourth season of Tournament of Champions, hosted by Guy Fieri, featured 32 chefs in a bracket-style competition where one winner will receive a cash prize of $100,000. Ferguson is a number 4 seed, representing the competition’s East Coast, A division.

The native Columbus has competed in three seasons of Tournament of Champions and was a season two semi-finalist. The show is Food Network’s highest-rated series.

Ferguson also began hosting the new Food Network series Superchef Grudge Match early this month, where chefs settle long-standing personal and professional feuds in one-round, winner-takes-all battles. He is also co-hosting the current season of Worst Cooks in America and frequently appears as a judge on Chopped and as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Gamesamong other shows.

Ferguson has also recently appeared on OWN’s The Big Holiday Food Fight and Food Fantasy.

Tournament of Champions airs Sundays at 8 pm on Food Network and streams on discovery+.

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: ‘Superchef’ Darnell Ferguson moves ahead on Tournament of Champions