With Next Level Chef receiving over 10,000 applications—and with most of the applicants having some sort of culinary training—McMillian never thought that he would make it onto the show. “There's worldwide chefs from across the country,” he said, and “I’m just a guy that barbecues in the backyard.”
Yet, McMillian not only ended up being one of the eighteen chefs selected but was also chosen to be a part of Gordon Ramsey’s team on the show. Having been a fan of cooking shows and Gordon Ramsey’s “Hell’s Kitchen” for years, McMillian couldn’t wait to get started and cook alongside a major star in the food industry. “It’s like being drafted,” he laughed.
For this season of his life off the field and in the kitchen, McMillian said he is utilizing both the lessons he learned from the game and his competitive nature to excel. “It’s a high-stress show,” he said, so “thank goodness I went through the process of playing in the League because this show definitely tested those nerves.”
McMillian sees Next Level Chef as a dream come true, and given that he played for both teams competing in Super Bowl LVII, he couldn’t imagine a more fitting time for the show to premiere: “You couldn’t script this any better.”