Bobby Flay to throw down in NJ cook-off

Bobby Flay at work.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay will challenge a New Jersey chef in "Throwdown at the Jersey Shore," a cook-off to pay tribute to New Jersey residents following Superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Chris Christie will attend the event, Thursday, June 27 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the waterfront in Keyport, N.J. Presented by Stronger than the Storm, the cook-off will take place in an outdoor beachside kitchen and is open to the public.

Keyport, a small 1.5 square mile town known as the “Gateway to the Bayshore,” saw 25 of its 28 eateries destroyed or washed away in the storm. Among those eateries is Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, which has since reopened.

The bistro’s Chef Andrew Araneo will oppose Flay as the celebrity chef tries to prepare a tastier version of Araneo’s popular Voodoo Shrimp. Three celebrity judges will taste the signature dish from both chefs to determine if Flay can match (or top) Araneo’s signature dish.