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Randy Finch: Ice Brigade

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Armed with chain saws, chisels and sledge hammers, Michigan-based chef Randy Finch and his team of renegade ice artists blow the lid off ice sculpting by developing out-of-this-world, original designs that defy the imagination on Food Network’s new primetimes series Ice Brigade. To these frozen outlaws, the standard wedding swans are simply huge ice cubes. Premiering Thursday, March 3rd at 10pm ET/PT, each hour-long episode proves Randy and his crew are the masters of this bone-chilling craft as they construct fully-functioning ice sculptures including: a lounge with sushi station and pool table, casino game room with a spinning roulette wheel, bowling lanes with pins and balls, life-size chessboard and carousel, DJ booth with spinning turntables and working speakers, grand piano, putt-putt course, pinball machines, and mechanical bulls. They over deliver and impress every time; no job is out of reach for this team!

Born and raised in Michigan, Randy dreamt of becoming a chef and architect since he was 10 years old. He worked as a bus boy and prep cook at local restaurants to learn about life in restaurant kitchens and moved to Savannah, Ga., after high school where carved his first pieces of ice working in a hotel restaurant assisting the on-site sculptor. In 1989 he earned a degree in Culinary Arts. Working at the renowned Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for Master Chef Dan Hugelier, he met Derek Maxfield, a fellow apprentice. After several years of traveling and working as a private chef, Randy settled back in Michigan and teamed up with Derek to open Ice Sculptures Ltd in 1994. Randy has taught countless ice sculpting classes, garnered myriad awards in food and ice competitions, and co-authored “Ice Sculpting the Modern Way.”