Chopped Champ Wade Burch Will Head Neely’s Pig Parlor

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A press release announces that Wade Burch, chef at under-the-radar waterfront restaurant Steamers Landing and a newly crowned champion of Chopped, is moving on to become the executive chef of Neelys Pig Parlor, the barbecue joint that Food Network personalities the Neelys will soon open in the former Merchants NY space at First Avenue and 62nd Street. Burch, a Texas native, beat out Patricio Sandoval (Mercadito), Kenneth Collins (Gospel Uptown), and Laura Simpson (a Pennsylvania chef) to take home Choppeds $10,000 prize. Update: Were told the restaurant will be renamed Neelys Barbecue Parlor and will likely open in February. Wade will retain his post as executive chef at both Steamers Landing and South West NY.