Pensacola chef Ed Lordman advances

In the inaugural episode of Food Network’s “Beachside Brawl” Sunday night, some of the country’s top chefs competed to answer the question of which coast does summer food the best: East vs. West.

One face may have looked familiar in the show’s debut, as Grand Marlin chef Edward Lordman filled one of the coveted East Coast spots in the six-week series. The chefs are competing for a beach house getaway of their choice, anywhere in the world, up to $25,000 and the title of “Best of the Beach.”

In a slow-motion walk-up, Lordman was introduced by East Coast team captain and professional chef Tiffani Faison who explained why he was hand-picked for the series.

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“Next, we’ve got Ed: culinary assassin,” Faison said on the show of Lordman. “Our Pensacola guy. So a little bit of like Flora-Bama. So beach vibes, but Southern soul.”