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FREE: Martha Stewart’s Grilling Cookbook

Martha Stewart Grilling CookbookMartha Stewart practically invented branding oneself.  The queen of entertaining is a Jill-of-all-trades so when it comes to firing up the grill she knows how to get things going.  Of course when you’re Martha you don’t have fuss with things like lighting the charcoal chimney or scraping grill grates.  You just call pals like Texas BBQ expert Tim Love, Best in Smoke star Chris Lilly and legendary master griller Steven Raichlen.

For the summer grilling season Martha has put together a cookbook featuring recipes from some of the best in Que and a few of her famous friends like Emeril Legasse and Elizabeth Karmel.  What’s more she is offering her Summer Grilling Cookbook for free.

You can download a copy by visiting HERE.

BBQ Tips from the Best in Smoke

A short film shot at the Hog Wild BBQ Festival in Mobile, AL. The film includes tips from big time BBQ competitors like Danielle Dimovski of Diva-Q and three time world champion Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South, both starred on TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters.  Also included is an interview with Craig Orrison, father of Brad Orrison.  Brad, along with his sister Brook, opened The Shed Barbecue & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs.  Brad’s official title in the family business is HeadShedHed.  The Shed team will be appearing on Food Network’s Best in Smoke which premieres tomorrow night.  The film was shot by chef and food writer Stuart Reb Donald (hey, that’s me!) and should help get you ready for Memorial Day.

Great Food Truck Farce?

For the past six weeks we’ve watched Tyler Florence traveling the country with a culinary caravan to determine who has the best food truck business in what Food Network called the Great Food Truck Race.  Each week we have been amazed at how much better the Nom Nom Truck team was than everyone else in the “race.”  Five challenges, all won by Nom Nom.  Let’s face it, if this were an actual contest then it ended two weeks ago.

Camille Ford and the New Culinary Cuties on WannabeTVchef.comNom Nom has clearly demonstrated that of the seven food trucks in this “competition” they were far and away the best.  They have won every single challenge coming into the finale so if they didn’t win it can only lead to one conclusion.  The contest was rigged.  Period.

If the rules of your so-called contest mandate that you throw out everything leading up to this point then it was never a fair contest.  Phrases like “anything can happen” and “it all comes down to this” are indications that a contest of this sort may not be on the up and up.

The rules as established in the first episode stated simply that the team that sells the most, wins.  Nom Nom secured that title weeks ago.  In fact no one even came close in any of the challenges.  So for them not to win can only suggest one thing – this was no contest.

Food Network has had a history of contests where the math does not add up.  The most glaring head scratcher being season four of the Next Food Network Star where Aaron McCargo Jr. gave an atrocious performance in the second to last challenge yet the judges elected to change the rules to keep him in the contest and of course he won.  McCargo’s show, Big Daddy’s House, remains on the network despite never resonating with audiences while two other contestants from that season, Adam Gertler and Kelsey Nixon, have gone on to become much more popular than the show’s winner.  A third, Kevin Roberts, has been hosting BBQ Pit Masters on TLC and now on Planet Green; his show is watched by more people than Aaron’s.

Flat Iron BuildingTo have these teams drive from LA to New York, without actually ever racing their food trucks mind you, only to decide the winner by who can climb the stairs of the Flat Iron Building the fastest takes all credibility from this show.  It also means yet another black eye for the network when it comes to trusting their supposedly unscripted content.

The other truck, Grill ‘Em All Gourmet Burgers, needed help twice by winning some of the goofy “truck stop” challenges just to make it this far.  Then in day one of the NY competition they ripped the bumper off a parked BMW at a night club.  The cost of fixing that car should have come from their sales total.  Then when the last “truck stop” challenge was issued, Grill ‘Em All did not follow the directions to prepare the other truck’s specialty.  Instead of making a Banh Mi sandwich they went to a Vietnamese restaurant and bought everything pre-made and simply put it together.

The cameras were rolling for both of Grill ‘Em All’s infractions, why did they not do anything about it?  A show with integrity would have addressed these issues.  A show with no integrity would ignore them.  So what did producers of the Great Food Truck Race do?

Well, Nom Nom won the “truck stop” so that alleviated them from having to deal with Grill “Em All’s store-bought Bahn Mi I guess.  Still they cheated so the contest should have ended right there.  And the $1000 Beemer bumper?  Throughout the competition unanticipated costs always came out of a truck’s sales.  But not in this one isolated case.

I’m not the only person who doubts the outcome of the show either.  The LA Times did a story about it (HERE) and there is a new blog that has sprung up called What Happened to Nom Nom Truck? (HERE) that serves as a forum for conspiracy theorists that contains far more credible intel than you will ever find from 9/11 Truthers or Kennedy Assassination nut jobs.

To sum it up, this show’s integrity is in question.  It appears the entire thing was a publicity stunt, a ratings grabber but not an actual contest where the winner was the best contestant.  Though they had their moments, for the most part Grill ‘Em All was not very good throughout the race and they unquestionably cheated in the end.  All of that was caught on camera yet the producers ignored it.

I have wasted six weeks of my life watching something that claimed to be a contest only to discover what I believe was a scripted, fictional representation of what a contest like this might look like.  If they bother with a second season I certainly will not.

So, you watched it.  What do you think, fair or fixed?  Comment below.

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“The Great Food Truck Race” Premieres Sunday

Official Food Network Press Release:

FOOD TRUCKS ‘RACE’ TO CONQUER THE HOTTEST NEW TREND

Tyler Florence Hosts Cross-Country Culinary Journey in ‘The Great Food Truck Race’

Premieres: Sunday, August 15th at 10PM; Post-Premiere Timeslot: Sundays at 9PM

NEW YORK, New York – JULY 12, 2010 -Amazing chefs across the country are leaving traditional restaurants behind and hitting the streets in mobile kitchens serving some of the most unique and delicious dishes ever tasted. Food Network’s new primetime series, The Great Food Truck Race, features seven such gourmet food trucks as they embark on an epic coast-to-coast culinary road trip to convince Americans to step outside their culinary comfort zones and try something new – from a truck. Tyler Florence hosts this six-episode competition premiering Sunday, August 15th at 10pm ET/PT; the series resumes in its regular timeslot of Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on August 22nd. From out-of-the-box sandwiches, burgers, and crepes to unique takes on Vietnamese, French, and Cajun cuisines, the trucks compete in weekly challenges to see who can sell the most food and race to the next episode while the losing team drives home. The last truck standing wins a $50,000 grand prize.

“Not only does the series focus on a hot new culinary trend, but the drama of the competition pushes these teams’ cooking skills, business savvy and relationships to their limit,” said General Manager/Senior Vice President Programming, Bob Tuschman.

The seven trucks include: Austin Daily Press (Austin, Texas), Crepes Bonaparte (Fullerton, Calif.), Grill ‘Em All (Los Angeles, Calif.), Nana Queens (Culver City, Calif.), Nom Nom Truck (Los Angeles, Calif.), Ragin’ Cajun (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), and Spencer on the Go (San Francisco, Calif.). Click HERE for team bios.

In the premiere, the teams meet Tyler in Los Angeles, the center of the food truck revolution, and the race begins with the teams’ first game-changing twist known in each episode as the Truck Stop challenge: Instead of starting in Los Angeles, the race commences in San Diego. To even the playing field, the teams begin with empty trucks and an equal amount of seed money. They have three days to prepare, promote and sell their food by any means necessary. After a weekend of triumphs, teamwork, and tests of character, the totals are tallied and the trucks find out who continues the great race and who goes home. New twists and turns arise as the race continues through Santa Fe, N.M.; Ft. Worth, Texas; New Orleans; Jonesborough, Tenn., and concludes as the final two trucks race to the finish line with through the hungry streets of New York City’s five boroughs. Guest chefs throughout the season include: Tim Love, Jacques Leonardi, Eric DiStefano and Nate Appleman. The Great Food Truck Race is produced by RelativityREAL, LLC.

So now that the first Great Food Truck Race is done what did I think?  Was the entire thing scripted?  Click HERE.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up

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