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Reverie Chef Johnny Spero Will Represent D.C. in Netflix’s Answer to ‘Top Chef’

He’s one of 24 competitors hailing from 18 different countries

Reverie chef Johnny Spero wil represent D.C. on Netflix’s cooking competition, The Final Table
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Potential streaming star

Streaming company Netflix has announced a lineup of 24 chefs from around the world, including D.C. chef Johnny Spero, for its 10-episode international cooking competition, The Final Table. The series, which releases its full run November 20, pairs chefs in teams of two to take on country-themed challenges. Spero, who opened globally-influenced Reverie this month in Georgetown and who has worked at Minibar by José Andrés and Komi in D.C. and Noma in Denmark, will be teamed with Jessica Lorigo of San Sebastian, Spain. [E]

Cheesy comfort food

Say Cheese, a Georgetown grilled cheese shop setting up at 1132 29th Street NW, is just a few weeks from opening, Popville reports. Although no date has been set, Popville says manager Jim Carter is hiring employees and hoping to start service in about three weeks. [PoP]

New coffee trend?

Alchemist Coffee Company, a local brand that sources roasted beans from Annapolis, Norway, and Portland, Oregon, is experimenting with hot nitro drinks, Washington City Paper reports. Special heated taps warm up the coffee made from Annapolis roastery Ceremony, and the infusion of nitrogen helps the coffee stay fresher longer. For now, the hot nitro is only available at the Alchemist stall inside Tastemakers DC (2800 10th Street NE), WCP says. [WCP]

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the location of Ceremony Coffee Roasters. It is in Annapolis, Maryland.

Guacamole police

Some vegans are renouncing avocados, the Washington Post reports. (Hint: it has something to do with honey bees.) [WaPo]

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