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PassionFish Executive Chef Chris Clime/Credit: PassionFishPassionFish chef Chris Clime will be on national TV Monday night as he tries to put a new spin on a favorite snack.

Clime will be a contestant on Rewrapped, a Food Network show airing at 8 p.m. in which chefs compete to put a new spin on old favorites.

PassionFish is also hosting a watch party in the bar to cheer on Clime.

Rewrapped, which began airing last spring, challenges three contestants to transform iconic snack foods. Previous episodes have taken on Twinkies, Goldfish and SpaghettiOs. First, the challengers attempt to duplicate the original item from scratch. Then, in the second round,  they reimagine the food in a completely original dish. Clime’s episode concentrates on Cheez Waffies, a snack featuring cheese spread such as Velveeta.

The show is hosted by former NSYNC member Joey Fatone.

Clime has been executive chef at PassionFish since it opened at Reston Town Center in 2008. Among accolades for Clime and PassionFish:

  • Maryland Seafood Festival Crab Bisque Competition — September 2013 – First Place in “Alternative Crab Soup” for his Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque.
  • American Institute of Wine & Food [AIWF] Crab Cake Competition — June 2013 — Won the coveted “People’s Choice” Award for his Crab Cakes
  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington — 2009 — PassionFish was nominated for Best New Restaurant RAMMY Award.
  • Esquire Magazine – October 2009 – Featured in Esquire Magazine’s “20 Best Restaurants of 2009;” PassionFish was selected as one of the “15 Restaurants Not to Miss.”
  • Washingtonian – January 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 – PassionFish was consistently named on of the Top 100 “Best Restaurants” within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
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Robert Duvall/Credit: CorbisTipsters say Robert Duvall spent Easter Sunday at Passionfish at Reston Town Center. The actor was with a small party of three, reports The Washington Post’s Reliable Source.

Duvall’s group had a seafood feast with oysters, crab cakes and soft-shell crabs.

Duvall,  the 1983 Best Actor winner for Tender Mercies and star of other classics such as The Godfather and The Great Santini, lives on his horse farm in The Plains, Va.

Last week, Susan Sarandon accompanied her mother and other guests to PassionFish. Locals tell Reston Now Sarandon’s mom and sister both live in the area and she visits often.

Photo: Corbis

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Susan Sarandon/Credit: GettyThe Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reports that actress Susan Sarandon, her mother Lenora Marie Criscione and a others dining at Reston Town Center’s Passionfish on Tuesday night. From the Reliable Source:

According to our tipsters, Sarandon, who graduated from Catholic University in 1968, and her group of five were tucked away at a private corner table.

They entered through the restaurant’s discreet side door, not because the Oscar-winner feared flashing iPhones but because of Tuesday’s downpour.  Passionfish’s general manager greeted the group outside with an umbrella and led them inside.

No word as to why Sarandon and company were visiting Reston.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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