Local chef shares big taste on the small screen

Forget 15 minutes—chef Adam “Kas” Kaswiner is getting his whole quarter hour this month. The Las Vegas-based private chef (ChefKas.com) is competing in the new ABC series The Taste (premiering Jan. 22), where four culinary teams work with famous foodie mentors to have a final dish judged by a single bite (eaten blindfolded, no less). This month, Kaswiner will also appear in Episodes 6 and 7 of Fuse network’s newest reality show Ex-Wives of Rock, where the exes of four big-hair band members (think Warrant and Scorpion) bare their souls. More than a year ago, the show hired Kaswiner to prepare a private dinner for the ladies, and he was featured both during the meal and gallivanting out on the town with them. But there’s more to Chef Kas (his professional name) than these appearances infer. With a 2-year stint in the Peace Corps (Southeast Asia), a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus on nutrition and exercise science (Emory University) and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kas’ focus is developing delicious recipes that help his clients live their best, healthiest lives. For now, Kaswiner has to stay mum about how far he got on The Taste. But, he adds, if the quality of The Next Food Network Star were ever crossed with the health-mindedness of The Biggest Loser, that is another show he could really get into.

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