David Guas, chef and owner of Bayou Bakery, with his dad, Mariano prepare the day after Thanksgiving feast to celebrate Mariano’s native Cuba, Nov. 1, 2012 in McLean, Va. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

David Guas, the telegenic chef-owner of Bayou Bakery in Arlington, will host a new cooking competition show on the Travel Channel – and it has nothing to do with his expertise as a pastry chef.

“American Grilled” will feature professional and home cooks from across the country pitting their “high, hot and fast” creations against one other for a cool $10,000 prize. Guas and a panel of guest judges will pick a winner in each episode.

The casting’s as perfect as the chef’s recipe for Lemon Icebox Pie. “When we were talking about who I am and what I like to do for entertainment, my first thought was ‘I am just like all other average Joes. I like to get outside and grill,’” he says. “Being that my father is from Cuba, there was no other way to cook a piece of meat.”

Travel Channel producers spotted the 39-year-old McLean resident and Louisiana native grilling burgers in the fall on “The Today Show,” where he’s been a frequent cooking-segment contributor.

According to a Feb. 25 post on the Grill Grrrl blog, the Travel Channel has been casting for “skilled grillers” to compete in Charleston, S.C.; the Jacksonville-St. Augustine area and in Pensacola, in Florida; New Orleans; and Austin. The 13-episode series is scheduled to air in 2014.

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