Local chef faces TV challenge on coconut cakes

Bobby Flay In a TV battle over who can make the best coconut cake, celebrity chef Bobby Flay faced off with Peninsula Grill's Robert Carter.

The Challenge is part of Food Networks' Throwdown With Bobby Flay, where, as the network puts it:
Chef Bobby Flay is on a secret mission to challenge the absolute masters in one kind of cooking — award winning BBQers, bakers, pizza makers and more — some with a roomful of trophies to prove it. In each episode, one of these cooks thinks Food Network is shooting their profile for a show. What they don't know is that Bobby is going to drop in for a surprise visit and challenge them to an unexpected cook-off. Since they're in their element and Bobby's out of his, prepare for an exciting, tension-filled competition.

Robert Carter's coconut cake is a bit of a legend, receiving praise from Bon Appetit and The New York Times.

The Food Network show is scheduled to air Tuesday, July 1 at 9 p.m. If you can't wait, you can view some behind-the-scenes photos on flickr.