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Friday, April 25, 2014

Squeal Like A Pig BBQ team will compete on TV show on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Joe Pearce of Kansas City will be competing with his brother and Squeal Like a Pig teammate Mike tomorrow night on the TV series "BBQ Pitmasters."
  • Joe Pearce of Kansas City will be competing with his brother and Squeal Like a Pig teammate Mike tomorrow night on the TV series "BBQ Pitmasters."



The winners won't be revealed until tomorrow night, but two local barbecue competitors - brothers Mike and Joe Pearce of the Squeal Like a Pig barbecue team - will be seen in a smoking skirmish on the sixth season of Destination America Channel's show, BBQ Pitmasters. In the world of competitive barbecue, the Squeal Like a Pig team (and yes, the name was inspired by the famous line in Deliverance) has a third member, Brandon Whipple. "But the teams on the TV show can only have two members," says Mike Pearce. The show featuring the Pearce brothers - facing off against  Fergolicious from Gardner, Kansas, and the Sugarfire Smoke House from St. Louis - will be aired locally at 8 p.m. on Destination America,

Mike Pearce says he sent off an audition tape last December and got the phone call from the producers of BBQ Pitmasters in early January. He says the show's staff was intrigued by having two brothers on a team - and ones who had grown up making barbecue.

"We've been cooking our whole lives," Pearce says.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Bar Rescue's Kansas City episode airs this Sunday, and it looks hilarious

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Tough talk from whoever this guy is.
  • Tough talk from whoever this guy is.
There is a show on Spike TV called Bar Rescue. As I understand it, the host, a "bar expert" named Jon Taffer - he's a Goodfellas version of Gordon Ramsay - goes around to struggling bars across the country, humiliates the owners and employees, and then shows them how to turn around their businesses. Word was he was scouting locations around town last year, and this Sunday night, Spike TV will air its episode featuring a KC-area establishment.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Bachelor finale: KC's Nikki Ferrell wanted more than a bud

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Juan is the loneliest number.
  • Juan is the loneliest number.

Last night, Bachelor Nation ended its journey with ex-soccer pro Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell, a 26-year-old nurse from Kansas City.

After a season that made stops in Southeast Asia, Miami and St. Lucia, Galavis finally told Ferrell how he felt about her. Love? No. But he did say he "liked her a lot," a confession he punctuated with a wink. Yes, a fucking wink. The 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond  - in a split-shank halo setting by celebrity jewelry designer Neil Lane - remained in his pocket.

It was the cherry on top of ABC's shit sundae.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Doug Frost returns to KCPT this week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

KCPT/CHECK PLEASE!
  • KCPT/Check Please!

Pitch reader Rick Murphy wrote to us to find out if there was ever going to be a new season of the locally produced show, Check, Please!, created and aired by Kansas City's PBS station, KCPT, and hosted by author and nationally known sommelier Doug Frost.

"I don't think so," says Frost, who served as moderator for the program, which permitted "regular people" to review local restaurants. It lasted four seasons and still airs in reruns. "It suffocated for lack of funding."

But Frost returns to the airwaves this week, but in a different format.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Guy Fieri's visit to Succotash on Food Network tonight

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Restaurateur Beth Barden makes her television debut on Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" tonight at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.
  • Restaurateur Beth Barden makes her television debut on Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" tonight at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.


The larger-than-life culinary personality Guy Fieri, of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, taped an episode of the series in mid-October at Succotash, the Dutch Hill bruncheonette owned and operated by Beth Barden. Barden admits that she's a little nervous about watching herself on national TV when the episode airs tonight at 9 p.m.

"I waver between being excited and mortified," says Barden, who was not given an advance copy of the show to see. "But Guy Fieri was absolutely wonderful to me when he was here. He couldn't have been kinder or more generous."

Fieri liked her food, Barden says, "but he told me that my portions were too big. "

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mac Lethal is getting a TV show on FX based on Texts From Bennett

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Lethal grabs some of that development deal cash.
  • Lethal grabs some of that development deal cash.
Earlier this year, Kansas City rapper/pancake flipper Mac Lethal released a novel based on Texts From Bennett, his viral-hit Tumblr that purported to document Lethal's relationship with his 17-year-old, wannabe-gangsta cousin, Bennett. The Star found the book to be "lethally funny." LOL.

Yesterday came word that FX has purchased Texts From Bennett to adapt into a television show.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Barbecue reality show is looking for KC grill mavens

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

TV wants to watch you grill.
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  • TV wants to watch you grill.
If you've always thought they make grilling look easy on television, here's your opportunity to find out if you're right. A reality cooking competition is seeking grill jockeys and pitmasters to represent Kansas City in a neighborhood barbecue throw-down. Grillmeisters are also being auditioned in Memphis, Austin, Detroit, Brooklyn and the Chicago area.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Celina Tio battles Michael Symon on Iron Chef America episode Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Tio (left) and Symon do battle in Kitchen Stadium Sunday.
  • Celina Tio
  • Tio (left) and Symon do battle in Kitchen Stadium Sunday.
Celina Tio, the owner and chef at Julian who is now managing the Kansas City Cafe, will discover if her cuisine reigns supreme on the next episode of Iron Chef America. That's when she takes on chef Michael Symon and has the chance to exact a bit of revenge for her elimination on The Next Iron Chef. Symon was a judge on the reality cooking competition that featured Tio (although he was a fan of hers on the show).

In Iron Chef America, two chefs do battle in Kitchen Stadium, having to produce a full coterie of dishes made with a secret ingredient. At the end of an hour, a panel of judges (Anthony Anderson, Karine Bakhoum and Michael Ruhlman) determines the winner. The show airs 10 p.m. Sunday, January 27, on the Food Network.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Oklahoma Joe's gets a star turn on The Mind of a Chef

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

A show narrated by Anthony Bourdain and hosted by chef David Chang was eventually going to end up in Kansas City for barbecue. And in the 15th episode, appropriately titled "Smoke," of the PBS show "The Mind of a Chef," there's a loving tribute to Oklahoma Joe's.

It's a few smoked food beauty shots for your Monday afternoon. But if you're hoping for the secret ingredient to Oklahoma Joe's success, marketing director Doug Worgul isn't giving it out. He's happy to note that there's salt, pepper and paprika, but the key ingredients are simply left under the title of "other spices."

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Julian's Celina Tio to challenge Michael Symon on Iron Chef America

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Alton Brown is never not filming something.
  • Alton Brown is never not filming something.
Julian's Celina Tio didn't win the third season of the Next Iron Chef reality competition, but she'll get her chance to defeat one of her judges in kitchen stadium. Tio will do battle with chef Michael Symon (currently one of the co-hosts of The Chew) in an episode slated to run on the Food Network next month. Iron Chef America is the American version of the long-running Japanese food program that has two chefs preparing dishes in a timed competition based on a secret ingredient.

The Iron Chef America episode featuring Tio and Symon airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, January 27, and will be rebroadcast on January 28 at 1 a.m. Odds are that Tio will plan a watch party at Julian (themed dinners have coincided with her previous reality-television appearances), and we'll update this post accordingly.

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