Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and Prime Cuts host David Bancroft is known for reimagining, and redefining, wild-game cooking. When the Iron Chef Showdown contestant’s out of the kitchen, however, he’s also known to be deep in the woods hunting up another field-to-table-inspired creation. And, his latest one—this ancho chili honey seared wood duck recipe with a sweet potato hash side—is absolutely to die for.
Bancroft and his son Walker harvested the protein for this dish at the family’s Union Springs, AL hunting camp south of Auburn. “Wood ducks are small birds, and a special species,” Bancroft noted. “It was like shooting dive-bombing birds!”
Once he and Walker made it home and cleaned their birds it was time to prepare their field to table dinner with the below seared wood duck recipe .
Anyone who’s ever dined at Auburn, AL-based Acre Restaurant will attest to David Bancroft’s passion for field-to-table cuisine being wildly apparent the moment they stepped inside. And, those who know the award-winning chef and Prime Cuts host personally will tell you he’s just as passionate about getting outdoors to pursue many of the wild-game species featured on its menu.