Goodbye and good riddance, 2019. It’s 2020’s turn now. First we deal with the holiday fallout; for most of us that means gift returns and figuring out how to pay for the last month’s winter debauchery.
Earlier this year, David Rosengarten, host of Food Network’s Taste, shined the spotlight on Henry Family Farm’s Varietal Chile Extracts on his website. He also gave us the Chile Connoisseur’s Collection to play with. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be bringing you recipes you can try which utilize the extreme heat found in these products. Between you and I, I’m a little giddy.
Shortly after I interviewed Rick Browne about his appearance on Chopped: Grill Masters, a pitmaster of my acquaintance named Doug Keiles let me know he’d competed on the show as well. I was both happy for and jealous of him for that. What’s really good for you and I, though, is that Doug let me pick his brain about his television debut.
Starting yesterday, Food Network blew the roof off of its hit series, Chopped, with the first of five themed episodes dubbed Chopped: Grill Masters. Over five weeks, the show was based outside at the nostalgic Old Tucson Studios in Arizona. Sixteen grilling professionals from around the country faced off in this captivating Wild West showdown. Mark Masker interviewed Rick Browne about competing on the show.
A lot of three year “growth problems” are cured with antibiotics or bleach. Not this one. Peppers at the Beach turned three this May and creator/promoter Chip Hearn’s biggest growing pain comes from keeping the event small enough to retain its tailgating feel. So many chefs wanted to compete that he actually had to turn some away.