Summer Grilling Goes Hardcore with Travel Channel’s “American Grilled”
June 27, 2014
The summer grilling season gets a whole lot hotter on Wednesday, July 2nd at 9pm ET/PT as Travel Channel debuts “American Grilled,” a 13-episode high-heat, high-stakes cooking competition program.
Each week, “American Grilled” host David Guas of Arlington, Virginia’s Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery travels to such cities as New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX; Memphis, TN; and Savannah, GA where four hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country go head-to-head for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize and be crowned as the ultimate “grill master.”
For each week’s one hour challenge competitors must use locally sourced ingredients – blue crab in Maryland, quail in Georgia and T-bone steaks in Texas, to name a few – to create delicious and original plates that test their epic backyard skills.
In the July 2nd premier episode, Guas travels to Asheville, N.C. – a scenic arts community tucked between the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains. Here, it’s all about homegrown foods, the great outdoors and beer. Four killer grillers – Jeff Bannister, Dillon Black, Will Smith and Tiny Townsend – battle it out to take home the $10,000 prize in Asheville’s Pack Square Park – a favorite local spot for concerts, festivals and art.
They must use unique local ingredients – like scuppernongs, stinky goat cheese and liver mush – and some of the juiciest cuts of meat to win over the judges in each round – the 20 minute Starters Challenge, the 40 minute Butcher’s Choice challenge, and the 50 minute Monster Mains.
Guas is joined by guest judges Elizabeth Karmel (owner of Hill Country BBQ restaurants) and Jason Sandford (a food writer and journalist from Asheville). It’s a high-heat, high-intensity rush to the finish.
Who will walk away as Asheville’s Ultimate Griller? Tune in next Wednesday to find out! And stay tuned to Grilling.com all summer for an interview with host David Guas, recipes from the competitors, and more!
- Clint Cantwell, Grilling.com Editor