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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