10 Things You Didn’t Know About SuperChef Darnell Ferguson

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With a long list of television credits spanning across Food Network Canada and HGTV, you’re probably already familiar with Darnell SuperChef Ferguson (you read that right, he legally changed his middle name to “SuperChef!”). Get to know more about the host of SuperChef Grudge Match.


His first Food Network television appearance

The SuperChef first graced television screens after his winning appearance on the holiday-themed cooking special, Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge.

Guest appearances galore

Following his win, he’s appeared on a slew of Food Network shows like ChoppedChopped Next GenTournament of Champions and Guy’s Grocery Games.

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A debut in hosting

Ferguson’s first hosting gig for Food Network was on the show Tiny Food Fight alongside co-host and social media star Mamrie Hart. Now, he’s serving as the host to new series, SuperChef Grudge Match, where he challenges chefs to settle their culinary feuds in a winner-takes-all dual for $10,000 and bragging rights.

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Chef Darnell Ferguson smiles on the set of Super Chef Grudge Match

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Eating like a SuperChef

He first opened his brainchild brunch restaurant, SuperChef, in 2013 in Louisville and has since become a staple in the Kentucky food scene. Described as, “serving urban eclectic American dishes with a twist”, it has delightful items to start the day like caramel bourbon waffle bites and chicken and waffle breakfast sandwiches. He also has another restaurant, Tha Dripping Crab, a seafood joint located in west Lousiville.

His cooking is Olympic-level good

In 2008, Ferguson had the exciting opportunity to cook for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics, fuelling the athletes with his culinary delights.

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He’s struggled in his path to success

Ferguson has been open about his past, which he has described as “self-destructive”. He’s struggled with homelessness, incarceration and unemployment, but he always strived to be more than a “statistic” in the system. Driven by his passion for cooking and faith, he worked hard to become the success story you see today.

He uses his learnings to give back

Today, Ferguson shares his learnings through his philanthropy. He looks at cooking as a “positive and creative outlet” and provides mentorship and employment opportunities for young folks in need at SuperChef.

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Loving life with his wife

Darnell has been married to wife Tatahda Ferguson since 2016. He shares adorable pics of the pair on his Instagram, from loved up family time and game nights in to their impressive couple gym goal pics.

Dad duties

Together with his wife, the Ferguson’s have eight children. You can catch up with the large clan on their family’s TikTok account.

Eating good and working hard

Ferguson shows dedication in every area of his life, including his health. He is dedicated to a good workout nearly as much as a good meal. In an Instagram caption of him working out he writes, “I know people be like why he work out and he a chef? When I wanted to take tv serious and try my best to make history.”

Watch Darnell Ferguson on Superchef Grudge Match, Tuesdays at 10p.m. ET/PT, after Chopped on Food Network Canada. Also Available on STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, fuboTV, Rogers Ignite TV and Ignite SmartStream.