Funky Monkey Wine Company Chef to Appear on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on December 29

Funky Monkey Wine Company Chef, Ashley Nickell, will be on the Food Network’s new season of Cutthroat Kitchen. Scheduled to air Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10PM. Chef Ashley Nickell will show off her culinary chops and sabotage skills on the popular series hosted by Alton Brown.

Cooking skills aren’t enough to win in this competition series; chefs must also be crafty, clever and willing to sabotage their opponents. This game features a briefcase of cash, four competitors, three rounds of cooking and auctions where chefs bid on items to help themselves or hinder their opponents, with Brown acting as the kitchen’s provocateur. After each cooking challenge is announced, chefs gather ingredients in the pantry and then regroup for an auction to bid on culinary curveballs, such as the exclusive use of salt or not allowing their opponents to taste their dishes. A chef is eliminated after each of the three rounds, and the last competitor standing becomes a Cutthroat Kitchen Champion.

“Cutthroat Kitchen is a cooking competition like viewers have never seen before – culinary skills can get chefs into the kitchen, but they will have to play a game of wits to stay there,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

A viewing party will be held on Sunday, December 29 at Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar Pointe Orlando, located at 1901 International Drive, with Chef Ashley and her team creating amazing complimentary bites.

About Chef Ashley Nickell
Chef Ashley Nickell is the Chef de Cuisine at her family’s restaurant Funky Monkey Wine Company on Mills Avenue in Orlando, Florida. A fan of Alton Brown, she was determined to be on the show. Last July, Nickell was contacted by their casting company with an interview invitation. They loved Nickell’s petite frame, her sweet disposition masking a fiercely ambitious competitor. She was flown out to Los Angeles for filming.

“It was an incredible experience”, she says. “I have always admired Alton Brown and having the opportunity to work beside him was certainly a career highlight. The competition was no walk in the park though, as you will see when it airs”.

The episode, titled “Shrimp or get off the Pot Stickers” is scheduled to air Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10PM. Nickell will be hosting a viewing party at Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar on International Drive that night.
Connect with Chef Ashley Nickell on Facebook at and Twitter at @nickell_ashley.

About Funky Monkey Wine Company
The Funky Monkey Wine Company, 912 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 and 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, are known for their “stylish yet unconventional” atmosphere and fresh, seasonal menus.

Funky Monkey Wine Company is a member of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), National Restaurant Association, Tasters Guild Orlando, Visit Orlando and Mills-50. For more information or reservations visit them online at, call (407) 480-5650 or email

About FMI Restaurant Group
FMI Restaurant Group is the parent company of Funky Monkey Wine Company Downtown Orlando, Funky Monkey Wine Company I-Drive at Pointe Orlando, Bananas, a Modern American Diner and Funky Monkey Vault. Eddie Nickell is on the State Board of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association of Central Florida, President of the Tasters Guild Orlando and Co-Owner/Operator of the FMI Restaurant Group. Nicholas Olivieri is President Elect for Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association of Central Florida, Vice President of Tasters Guild Orlando and Co-Owner/Operator of the FMI Restaurant Group.