A local chef will rep the Patriots on the ‘Today’ show Friday morning

Jason Santos will face off against a Green Bay chef ahead of the Patriots-Packers Sunday night showdown.

The king of Buffalo chicken dip: Jason Santos, chef at Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s.
Jason Santos. –Courtesy Nicole Russo

If you turn on the “Today” show Friday morning, you may spot a blue-haired figure well-known in the local chef community.

Jason Santos, the chef/owner of Abby Lane, Buttermilk & Bourbon, and Citrus & Salt, will be on the NBC morning show to cook up tailgating sliders ahead of Sunday night’s game between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers.

“I’ll be on in the morning doing a little cook-off with a chef from Green Bay,” Santos said. “It’s not a contest or anything, but we’ll trade some witty banter, have some fun.”

Jyll Everman, executive chef at Green Bay’s Gather on Broadway, will rep the green and gold.

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Santos is no stranger to television. By his count, this will be his fifth appearance on the “Today” show. He’s also competed on “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” and served as a chef expert on “Bar Rescue.”

Santos will prepare smashed meatloaf sliders with a side of Buffalo cauliflower, topping the sliders with pepper jack cheese, whiskey barbecue glaze, mushroom aioli, and some corn chip crumbs. If you find yourself drooling over Santos’s sliders, you can visit Buttermilk & Bourbon and order virtually the same dish, with only the cheese differing between the ones he’ll whip up on the show and the restaurant’s.