Kenosha Chef Appears on New Food Network Episode

1/13/2021 - Meridith Jumisko

Executive Chef at Twisted Cuisine, Erica Buskirk
Executive Chef at Twisted Cuisine, Erica Buskirk

February 18, 2021 update: Good things come to those who wait. We’ll be waiting a little longer to see local Chef, Erica Buskirk, on an episode of Supermarket Stakeout. The Food Network show premiere will be delayed until summer, according to network executives. No dates have been announced at this time.

Thanks to the pandemic, I think many of us have been binge watching television shows. Be sure to add the Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout to your viewing schedule! A local chef recently had a chance to be part of creating a new episode for us to enjoy. Mark your calendar now to set your DVR for March 16. The Executive Chef at Twisted Cuisine, Erica Buskirk – or Chef Erica as she’s known as – will be featured on Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout. 

Do you know that Chef Erica’s appearance isn’t the first time a person or business in Kenosha has been featured on the Food Network? Franks Diner has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Meanwhile, Food Network Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, declared Mars Cheese Castle's grilled cheese as one of his top-eight sandwiches in the country. And Chef Danielle Weybright, of the local Grease & Honey restaurant group (which includes The Apis Hotel & Restaurant), appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games. 

Whether you are into food shows or simply love Twisted Cuisine, check out the show and see how Chef Erica does. And be sure to check out Twisted Cuisine as well! I highly recommend you order the Saganaki – for the presentation alone!  It’s a great Wisconsin dish, made up of Kasseri Cheese, Cream Cheese, Mozzarella, Lemon, Brandy, and Grilled Bread. 

Here is the official press release that Twisted Cuisine has posted: 

Kenosha Chef Appears on Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout March 16  

Erica Buskirk, Executive Chef at Twisted Cuisine was invited to participate in an episode of Supermarket Stakeout on the Food Network Channel. The show features four chefs facing off in a competitive pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store with host Alex Guarnaschelli. A theme is assigned for each round, but the twist is that the Chefs must size up shoppers as they exit the store and negotiate purchasing their groceries from them as the ingredients they can cook with.  

For Buskirk, this was a familiar challenge. Twisted Cuisine often challenges the chef by posting to social media for fans and patrons to suggest ingredients for weekend specials. In these instances, staff selects the ingredients and Buskirk is left to figure out how to put them to use in a delicious combination that actually works. In the early years of the local Taste of Wisconsin event, she helped host a local version of CHOPPED where local pairs would compete to cook with unique ingredient combinations.   

Buskirk is no stranger to working under pressure either. In 2016 she competed in the Chicago edition of Culinary Fight Club, where her team took first place. In 2017 she was invited to be the Sous Chef for Chef Mark Gaylord as he competed at the World Food Championships. Her biggest challenges to date though are not in the kitchen. By day, Buskirk teaches Culinary Arts for Racine Unified School District at Case High School. The kids keep her on her toes and she learns more about herself and the art of cooking each day.  

Buskirk has worked as Executive Chef at Twisted Cuisine for more than 10 years. After attending Culinary School in Pennsylvania, she went on to work as a Restaurant Manager, Line Cook, and even in Food Supply Sales. She has worked in kitchens across the country and brings back flavors for inspiration from the places she has lived and visited. She is passionate about food and the restaurant business. Learning from her mom at an early age that simple ingredients can be transformed into tasty dishes, her passion comes from home cooking and time with family.  

Buskirk’s episode of Supermarket Stakeout will air on March 16 at 9pm CST on Food Network. Twisted Cuisine will be open and serving their full menu, and possibly some special dishes in the days surrounding the premiere to show off Chef Erica’s skills. Patrons who are dining in and staff will be watching the show from the restaurant. You can always order carryout or even delivery and have a Twisted experience while you view from home, too.  

Twisted Cuisine is a locally owned and operated restaurant located at 7546 Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rhonda Bell opened the restaurant in 2006. Her team aims to make you feel at home while serving you casual gourmet — with a twist! The menu includes playful variations of classic dishes, some unusual ingredients, and wild combinations. Chef Erica Buskirk creates seasonal menus, full and half size entrée portions, and a variety of small plate offerings to ensure that there is something for everyone in your party. View the menu, place an order, or make a reservation at 

Meridith Jumisko

Public Relations Director, Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

An auntie. One-time skydiver. Fan of dessert, football, country music, and sticky notes. I document. Everything. And archive. Everything.