El Paso, TX's own Enrique Lozano, the executive chef at Ay Dios Mio, is set to compete on Food Network’s "Beat Bobby Flay" for a chance to win up to $40,000. Tune in this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. to watch him represent the Borderland with pride!

Enrique Lozano, the executive chef behind El Paso's Ay Dios Mio (credit: KFOX14/CBS4)
Enrique Lozano, the executive chef behind El Paso's Ay Dios Mio (credit: KFOX14/CBS4)
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On the show, two chefs face off, with the winner taking home $15,000 and earning the opportunity to challenge celebrity chef Bobby Flay for an additional $25,000. Lozano, who filmed the episode in New York, can't reveal much about his dish but promises “representation from the Borderland.”

"I definitely stayed true to my roots," said Lozano. "I didn't try to make things that wasn't natural to me.... With the dishes that you'll see I prepared, you can definitely tell that I'm from the Borderland."

Lozano will compete against Dayna Lee-Marquez from Brownsville, a fierce competitor also well-versed in Borderland cuisine. Growing up watching "Beat Bobby Flay," Lozano found it surreal to experience the show from the inside out.

He has a heartfelt message for fellow El Pasoans: "You don't have to leave the city to get recognized. Just do things right and people will look at you even here in El Paso, Socorro, Las Cruces. People are looking out to see what we're capable of and I think we're starting to show them. And I'm just very proud of being able to represent El Paso and surrounding areas -- especially Socorro -- on a national stage."

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Don’t miss Lozano’s episode on Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m., with a rerun on Friday.

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