A locally familiar face is going to be competing on Food Network’s “Chopped Sweets” next week.
Chef Mike Guasta, owner of Pure Sugar Inc. in Amityville just announced that he’s going to be participating on the “Chopped” spinoff on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
The West Babylon native opened Pure Sugar at 5 Broadway three years ago. Known for his decorative cakes and bite-sized everyday sweets, he had a brush with fame last year when he created Billy Joel’s 70th birthday cake.
“After the photos were out, that’s when the producers called
me,” he told GreaterBabylon. “They said, ‘We’ve seen your work and we want
Extremely modest, Guasta was skeptical at first.
“I don’t like drama,” he said. “But when I thought about it, I know ‘Chopped’ and it’s not a dramatic show, so I went for it.”
In November, the producers interviewed him and eventually chose him for a shoot in New York City back in February. He starts alongside three other chefs, one from the city, one from California and another from Philadelphia.
In the months since, the bakers have all become friends, Guasta said.
Chopped Sweets is in its second season and challenges four pastry chefs to take on different challenges for a $10,000 prize.
Guasta will be featured in “Magical Mashups” — a competition taking two desserts and making them one.
“I actually did a lot better than I thought,” he said. “I never thought I’d be in the mix for something like this.”
Guasta couldn’t give any spoilers away for what viewers can anticipate next week, but he’s encouraging people to tune in at 10 p.m.
“I’m excited… This was a move that was completely out of my comfort zone and I thought this would be a good opportunity,” he said.
“I knew something big was going to happen in 2020.”
Above photo of Chef Mike at his bakery by Julianne Mosher