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Detroit native Maxcel Hardy is set to compete on the new season of Food Network’s BBQ Brawl, which debuts tonight (June 14).

On the program, celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Eddie Jackson help coach 12 barbecue masters, all vying for the title of “Master of Cue.” The moniker also comes with the chance to be the Food Network’s resident barbecue expert for 2021.

Hardy is the owner and head chef at COOP Detroit, which serves up Caribbean and Asian food in the Detroit Shipping Co. food hall. Previously, he was the personal chef to NBA’s Amar’e Stoudemire. He’s one of Detroit’s most beloved chefs, and we’re rooting for him!

The new season of BBQ Brawl debuts tonight (June 14) at 9 p.m. EST on the Food Network.

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