For Bishop (the brains behind Lunch Blog KC), you see, has been designated a 30 Rock superfan for his commitment to bringing the fictional foods featured on the NBC sitcom to life.
In your latest tailgaiting spots I suppose I should feel gratified that you're assuming men can read by moving from pictures to actual words — a beer theoretically goes from "cold" to "super cold." Not since the cold gave chase to Jake Gyllenhaal in The Day After Tomorrow has temperature been given such a starring role.
Man v. Food understands something about America — we are a nation of eaters. As such, they've invented the Man v. Food Nation challenge — wherein the show will come to one city to film an aspiring (or current) competitive eater take down a monster plate of food.
Randy Santel is Kansas City's hopeful, one of five finalists left in the challenge — and he's got his eyes set on a 55-ounce burger called The Super Flea at the Westport Flea Market. The winner will be determined by online voting that ends on Thursday, August 11, with Man v. Food filming an episode in the winner's hometown.Â
The funny thing about 24-year-old local pastry chef Carter Holton winning the Star Wars Cake Challenge on the Food Network Challenge series last week is that the competition required Holton and his three competitors -- all bakery owners and professional cake designers -- to create a cake based on a character from the Star Wars film series. And Holton had never seen one of the films.
"I had to learn a ton about Star Wars after we got the assignment," Holton says. "But until then, I had never seen any of the movies. I've since seen a couple of them. They're OK. You know, it's science fiction."
Last Sunday, Holton invited 75 of his nearest and dearest friends into his new loft in the Stuart Hall building to watch the airing of the Food Network episode -- filmed last March -- in which he won the grand prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to re-create his cake -- featuring C-3P0 -- at Walt Disney World last May.
Chef Michael Smith isn't the only Kansas City chef getting a bit of tube time on Friday -- the Cooking Channel's host Jeffrey Saad is heading over to Julian tonight for the dinner service.
The United States of America crew will be at Extra Virgin during the lunch hour -- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- and then it's off to chef Celina Tio's kitchen to get some shots of her prepping and making the Brookside restaurant's signature dishes.
If you were kicking yourself for missing The Food Network cameras at Extra Virgin earlier this month, you've got a shot at redemption tomorrow. The lights and action return to chef Michael Smith's restaurant, which will be featured on the Cooking Channel show, "The United Tastes of America," with host Jeffrey Saad.
"Things are very busy for sure," Smith says. "But we are having a lot of fun and encouraging our patrons to have some, also."
The cameras will be rolling at Extra Virgin (1900 Main) this afternoon as the Food Network and chef/host Curstin Stone stop by the Crossroads restaurant from 1 to 5 p.m. Chef Michael Smith will be filmed making the duck-tongue tacos, which went on the menu last year. Extra Virgin is offering another incentive to diners with half-price duck-tongue tacos and happy-hour drink specials this afternoon.
Love, or as Celine Dion might sing it, "lurve," was in the air on Top Chef Masters last night. As if to prove that nobody scores after taking a date to a fast-food joint, host Curtis Stone dumped Danyelle Freeman for fellow Top Chef franchise host Gail Simmons, and critic James Oseland was reunited with former tablemate Gael Greene. In the best hour of the show so far, we discovered that ordinary people can love ordinary food and fall in love while Ms. Greene, oh sweet Jesus, may once have had something going with Elvis Presley.
Sometimes a man just wants to eat a corn dog and doesn't care what he looks like. And sometimes that corn dog slaps mustard all over his face as he stands there open-mouthed while his girlfriend covers the the eyes of the carnival teddy bear that he won for her.
This is the world presented by a new advertisement for Tums -- it ensures that you'll never look at a corn dog the same way again.
Reality programming is begging to resemble a Taco Bell menu. There are only so many ingredients, but inventive marketing guys keep finding ways to package them together in seemingly new ways.
The latest reality smash-up might just star one of this city's own. The Kansas City Star's Aaron Barnhart reports that Stretch (Jeff Rumaner) is the headliner in a new pilot, "Hungry Men at Work," for Spike TV. It sounds like a cross between "Ax Men" and "Food Detectives."
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