Bethany Clough

This mystery dish from The Annex Kitchen could appear on a Cooking Channel show

The Annex Kitchen posted on Facebook that chef Jimmy Pardini and his kitchen crew will appear on a Cooking Channel show. “Any guesses to which dish will be featured??” the post asks.
The Annex Kitchen posted on Facebook that chef Jimmy Pardini and his kitchen crew will appear on a Cooking Channel show. “Any guesses to which dish will be featured??” the post asks. From Facebook

Could a dish from a Fresno restaurant – and a Fresno chef – be appearing on the Cooking Channel’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” TV show?

It sure sounds like it.

Popular Fresno restaurant The Annex Kitchen posted a picture of chef/owner Jimmy Pardini on Facebook and said that he and the kitchen crew will appear on an episode of the show titled “Life Changers.”

The show features what “food stars and chefs” eat in their free time in the episode focused on “unforgettable dishes that changed our lives.”

While it’s possible Pardini could be interviewed about his favorite dish, the post indicates an Annex Kitchen dish will be in the spotlight. The episode airs at 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

“Any guesses to which dish will be featured??” the Facebook post said.

There’s a big fat hint at the end of that sentence: Two corn on the cob emojis next to a “hmm” emoji.

The Annex Kitchen has a reputation for its agnolotti pasta – little pillows of handmade pasta filled with Fresno State sweet corn.

Back in June, chef Simon Majumdar praised the dish during a visit to Fresno. Majumdar is a chef and judge on Food Network shows like “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” He visited 20 countries that year and “the dish I still remember is that,” he said of the agnolotti.

He went on to praise Fresno State corn, which has a reputation of its own.

“You ... have an ingredient that is second to none,” he said. “I’ve never tasted corn like that.”

The Fresno State sweet corn season is over for the year, but in past years The Annex Kitchen has swapped in butternut squash for the pasta during the winter.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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