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Austin’s Chef Kevin D’Andrea Teams Up with Olympians in ‘Breaking Baguettes’ Ahead of Paris 2024

The new NBCUniversal series blends culinary arts and athletic excellence, featuring French cuisine and inspiring stories from top athletes

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Chef Kévin D'Andrea teams up with Olympic gold medalist David Robinson and his son Corey, a former Notre Dame football star and NBC Sports correspondent, to make red curry mussels. (Photo courtesy of NBCUniversal)

NBCUniversal Local’s exciting new series, Breaking Baguettes, connects celebrity chef Kevin D’Andrea with Olympians to explore the intersections of food, dining, and French culture. This unique culinary show is set against the backdrop of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, offering a delightful blend of gourmet cooking and athlete stories.

Chef Kevin D’Andrea, a native of France and owner of Austin’s renowned bakery Foliepop’s, brings his culinary expertise to the forefront. A finalist on Top Chef France in 2015 and awarded the title of “Best Young Chef of 2016” in France, D’Andrea continues to make waves in the culinary world as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef: Wisconsin this year.

Filmed at GhostLine Kitchens in Austin, Breaking Baguettes is a five-part series that will air from June 4 to June 18. Each half-hour episode features Chef D’Andrea and a different Olympian as they prepare fine French cuisine, creating a mouthwatering homage to the upcoming Paris Olympics. The series will be available on NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, regional sports networks, Peacock, and the NBC Sports YouTube page.

"Breaking Baguettes" starring celebrity chef Kevin D’Andrea. (photo courtesy NBCUniversal)
“Breaking Baguettes” starring celebrity chef Kevin D’Andrea. (photo courtesy NBCUniversal)

The series features a stellar lineup of athletes who have represented Team USA on the world stage, with some preparing to compete in France this summer. Notable guests include gold-medalist swimmer Lydia Jacoby, divers Hailey Hernandez and Alison Gibson, track and field stars Christina and Kyle Clemons, NBA legend David Robinson and his son Corey Robinson, and silver-medalist decathlete Trey Hardee, now an NBC Olympics analyst.

Here’s a sneak peek at the episode lineup:

  • June 4: Lydia Jacoby – Crepes
  • June 6: Hailey Hernandez and Alison Gibson – Tartelettes from Foliepop’s
  • June 11: Christina and Kyle Clemons – French Mac & Cheese
  • June 13: David and Corey Robinson – Red Curry Mussels
  • June 18: Trey Hardee – Taloa

Tune in from June 4 to June 18 to witness Chef D’Andrea’s culinary prowess and the inspiring stories of these Olympians as they create delectable French dishes. Episodes will be accessible via NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ free streaming TV channels, NBC LX Home, and the stations’ websites and apps. Additionally, content will be featured on NBC Sports Regional Networks’ programming and social media platforms.