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April 21, 2014

Local restaurant owner appears on Food Network

HAMPSTEAD — A restaurant owner will be on national television tonight, putting his spin on a classic snack cracker with no advance warning and a clock ticking away.

Sean Hopkins, owner of Lobster Q at the Hampstead Village Station on Route 111, will appear on the premiere episode of “Rewrapped,” a new Food Network program, airing tonight at 8.

In the show, competitors are charged with creating iconic American snack foods from scratch and using them in completely original dishes, all within a tight timeframe, according to the network.

In the season’s first episode, Hopkins will face restaurant chefs from Ohio and New Jersey in baking Pepperidge Farms’ cheddar cheese Goldfish, he said.

The three chefs have 30 minutes to bake the snacks, which Hopkins said was an intimidating challenge.

“They’re smart. They know how long it takes you to do something,” he said. “There are obstacles to doing what you’re trying to do in 30 minutes.”

One problem comes with the dough, which would typically take 20 minutes to rest before being put to use, Hopkins said.

Making the snack, it turned out, was a greater challenge than getting on the show.

Hopkins’ road to prime time began with a local TV appearance where he made “burger bombs,” a sandwich with cheese melted with a blowtorch, he said.

“I almost lit the show on fire, and they thought I could do well, not shrink on camera,” Hopkins said.

After applying to appear on a Food Network program, Hopkins was called to New York at the end of January.

When he arrived at the studio for the filming, he said he was shocked at the amount of activity on the set.

“I couldn’t believe how many cameras there were in the studio, how many people are in the studio, have they have all these intertwined jobs,” he said.

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