ABC’s new show Family Food Fight and host Ayesha Curry are about to get a taste of Westchester.
The Livanos family, the owners of Moderne Barn in Armonk and City Limits Diner in White Plains, will compete starting on Thursday, June 27 for a $100,000 grand prize and the title of America’s number one food family. Matriarch Lorena Livanos is taking the lead, flanked by her sons Johnny and Enrico.
“Mainly for us, we knew our food was good and we know how to cook, so we just wanted to be prepared,” Johnny says, adding that their strategy is to “pretend that this is our regular kitchen, not get stressed, ignore the competition, and just pretend that we’re cooking a regular meal at home.”
The family owns four restaurants in Manhattan in addition to the two familiar Westchester locales. The brothers are bringing experience from managing Ousia in Midtown, where Johnny runs the bar program and Enrico manages service operations.
The competition will focus on their time together cooking at home and put it to the test, however, with a “Sunday dinner” themed challenge. “We combined our Silician and Greek heritage to make food that we cook every Sunday,” Lorena says.
Hosted by Homemade founder and cookbook author Ayesha Curry, with judges Graham Elliot of Masterchef and Iron Chef’s Cat Cora, each episode of Family Food Fight features four families from a multitude of cultures and cuisines, using family recipes to compete in different cooking challenges. Expect to see families fighting in the kitchen — with each other and amongst themselves — but mostly celebrating the recipes that run through their family’s history.
The Westchester locals will compete on the second episode of Family Food Fight, airing on ABC June 27 at 9 p.m. EST.