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We first met Darnell Ferguson seven years ago when he shared his story of going from living in his car to becoming a successful working chef and restaurant owner of SuperChefs. Since then, he's appeared on countless shows and is now the host of his own show on Food Network, "Superchef Grudge Match!" Darnell has also bulked up, gaining forty pounds of muscle thanks to regular gym workouts. (He also credits tacos.) 

Here, he shares his "ultimate" grilled cheese sandwich, made with sauteed Cajun-seasoned shrimp, two types of cheese (Boursin and American) and focaccia. It's outrageously good and keeps this father of eight going! 

Be sure to catch the premiere of "Superchef Grudge Match" on Food Network this Sunday at 9 PM. 

For more creative grilled cheese recipes, check out Rach's Grilled Cheese with Blackberry, Balsamic and Basil and Turkey Grilled Cheese with Suiza Dipper


  • 4 medium shrimp, shelled (tail removed, too) and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, at room temperature
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pieces ½-inch-thick herb focaccia
  • ¼ cup Boursin cheese
  • 3 slices American cheese
  • Honey, to drizzle


Serves: 1


Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, mix the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the ghee to the hot pan, followed by the seasoned shrimp. Cook shrimp, seasoning with salt and pepper, until pink and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Remove shrimp from pan and wipe out skillet, then return skillet to medium heat.  

Meanwhile, spread the remaining 1 tablespoon ghee on the crusty side of the 2 pieces of focaccia. Flip the bread slices over and spread the Boursin on the cut side of the 2 pieces of focaccia. 

Place the 2 pieces of focaccia, ghee-side down, in the hot skillet. Add the American cheese to 1 piece of the focaccia. Cook until the underside is nice and golden, about 5 minutes. Cover pan with lid and let cook about 1 minute more to melt the American cheese. Place the cooked shrimp on top of the American cheese, then cover the with the other piece of focaccia. 

Remove sandwich from heat and slice in half on the bias. Drizzle honey over the top and enjoy!