Cooking Channel’s The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia

The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia

NEW YORK, NY– May 3, 2012 Baron Ambrosia, the ‘Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx’, uses his eccentric cinematic persona to take culinary consciousness to a whole new level in The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia, premiering Friday, June 1st at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Over the course of eight episodes, Baron’s discerning palate and passion for flavor leads him beyond his backyard, discovering America’s unsung heroes of culinary excellence in cities-less-traveled including, Baltimore, MD; Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; Bethlehem, PA; Phoenix, AZ; South Los Angeles and Oakland, CA.  Along the way, the Baron finds himself tangled in stories of mystery, comedy, intrigue and a game of crab roulette with John Waters!
Prior to becoming the Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx, Baron wrote and directed two independently produced feature films.  He set off to Vietnam to document the world’s rarest food condiment Cà Cu?ng – a rare fragrant exudate extracted from giant water bugs.  Upon his findings, Baron designed a new genre that would allow him to quench his thirst for culinary knowledge while utilizing his cinematic imagination. Baron first appeared in his culinary podcast entitled Underbelly, which featured adventures that were set in real restaurants, markets, and chef’s homes. After becoming the #1 food podcast on iTunes, Baron launched Bronx Flavor on BronxNet Television, for which he recently won a New York Emmy Award in the category of Best On-Camera Talent: Performer/Narrator.  Baron was also awarded the title of ‘Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx’ by the borough president.
Upcoming episodes include:
Premiering Friday, June 1st at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT – SERIES PREMIERE!
“The Just Desserts of P.T. Barnum”
After finding a treasure map hidden in a haunted carousel, Baron makes his way through Bridgeport, CT in search of P.T. Barnum’s tasty treasure. With circus ghosts close on his heels, Baron explores the world of Peruvian ceviche, enjoys some Haitian oxtail, and catches a ride on a food truck filled with Jamaican jerk chicken.
Premiering Friday, June 8th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
“Scent of a Baron”
In order to woo the lovely Tsarina, Maiden of the Sea, Baron must gather all of the greatest fragrances that Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, has to offer. First stop is Pirosmani, where he captures the seductive scent of Georgian lamb stew. But just when he thinks he’s got it made, he finds his arch-nemesis Burgomiester stealing recipes from all of the best local restaurants. With Uzbek noodle soup and Russian meat pie still on his list of fragrances to gather, Baron must figure out how to defeat Burgomiester, save the restaurants and still have time to win the girl.
Premiering Friday, June 15th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
“Oh, Little Witch of Bethlehem”
Something is amiss in Bethlehem, PA. After a long, foodless journey, Baron and his trusty camel find themselves in a town where the people are fearful and the restaurants are closed. A hungry Baron searches out El Salvadorian pupusas, only to learn that an evil witch, Dona Sofrito, has cursed the town; any restaurant unwilling to satisfy her endless appetite will get turned into a Radical Taco fast food joint. Baron gathers strength and a secret weapon from Syrian raw meat, and in the end, must face Dona in the ultimate showdown armed only with his wit, stew burgers, and a very powerful cheese.
Premiering Friday, June 22nd at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
 “The Stomach Rumble of Baltimore, MD”
Ah, to be young and in love!  Baron and his best girl, Shanaye, couldn’t be happier… until Shanaye’s jealous ex-boyfriend JW gets out of jail.  Baron is oblivious to the threat, engrossed in Ethiopian specialties and Korean soup, but JW is out for blood and finally catches up to the lovebirds as they enjoy BBQ Bill’s infamous ribs.  BBQ Bill sets up a game of crab roulette, with Baron and JW going head to head in a deadly crab-filled battle for the love of Shanaye.
Special guest-star John Waters!
Premiering Friday, June 29th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
See how it all started with the special that made the Baron…well, the Baron! Culinary adventure-seeker Baron Ambrosia faces banishment from his hometown of the Bronx after being accused of pie theft by Grandmaster Mele Mel. Challenged by an athletic duel, he takes to the streets of Newark, NJ in search of the famed Jersey Devil fajitas, said to bring super-human strength to anyone that consumes them. Along the way, he’s distracted by the other food delights Newark has to offer including Trinidadian roti, Italian hot dogs and Portuguese dry soup.
Premiering Friday, July 6th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
“South Pacific in the South Bay”
Baron is pitching a championship match with his pals in the South Los Angeles Compton Cricket Club and losing to team Long Beach.  Next up to bat against the Baron is Long Beach’s best hitter Sluggo. Luckily, in the cricket tradition, a half-time tea is called and Baron has the chance to hunt for the legendary ‘Keeper of the Fire,’ which will make for an unhittable, flaming pitch.  He finds deep fried turkey soul tacos and Indonesian curry, but the Samoan taro leaves lead him to the true keeper of the flame he’s looking for.
Premiering Friday, July 13th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
“East Bay Investigations”
While visiting his friend Private Investigator John Law in Oakland, CA, Baron gets roped into a film noir detective story like no other. A beautiful woman with a mysterious note leads Baron and John on a chase for her missing husband. Of course, Baron is more interested in his investigation of the Laotian meat salad and killer soul food and pie, than he is in finding the kidnapped hubby. Can the crime-solving duo of Baron and Law manage to get to the bottom of the mystery?  It seems to be more twisted than they thought.
Premiering Friday, July 20th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
Baron, also known as ‘Eats Like a Bear,’ heads to Phoenix, AZ to ask Navajo Chief Spotted Eagle for his daughter’s hand in marriage.  He soon finds that the village is being harassed by a “Skinwalker,” a person who takes the form of an animal to carry out evil deeds.  Baron goes off in search of a food delicious enough to convince the “Skinwalker” to leave the village in peace.  Swedish fried elk and Native American fry bread may do the trick.

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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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