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July 28, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters, Part IX & X – Day of Shoot

Harry’s live lobster main course on Chopped Grill Masters   By the time you read Part IX and X, the show has aired and you know that Donna went out in the appetizer round and I got chopped in the

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July 27, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters, Part VII & VIII – Day of Shoot

Episode 3 Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Tim Love   Fear and excitement. That’s what I felt the morning of the shoot. I was anxious whether I would shine and make the $50,000 finals or flame out trying. Would it

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July 24, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters, Part VI – Day One, Bio Shoot

Donna and family were already in Washington and NY for a week-long Spring break vacation by the time I flew out on the redeye to shoot the bio the first day, followed by the show the next day. I

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July 20, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters, Part V – Journey to NY

Harry shows up in NY with signature hat and game face on!   Donna and family left for NY for the Chopped Grill Masters shoot a week before me.  I was tied up at work so I couldn’t join them for

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July 17, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters, Part IV – Dessert Practice

Desserts to me is like Kryptonite to Superman. I love sweets as much as the next guy but cooking dessert is not one of my strengths. I can grill up some decent appetizers and main courses but cooking dessert on a grill

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July 13, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters Part III – Training

Grilled Bronzini with Spicy Tomato Ginger Coulis   So how do you train for a grilling throwdown against pros who show up with culinary school pedigrees and decades of commercial kitchen experience? As weekend competitive cooks, Donna and I know how to

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July 10, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters Part II – Audition

I was surprised how fast a casting associate from Food Network contacted me after I submitted my online application. We chatted briefly on the phone and I was careful not to say, ““You can’t cook barbecue in 30 minutes!” which

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July 6, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters Part I – The California BBQ Couple

In 2008, my IT coworkers got me to compete in a barbecue contest as a Bucket List stretch goal. Since that win, I’ve been on an amazing international journey of barbecue exploration and travels. One bucket list item I

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June 29, 2015

My BBQ Journey – Mike Pagel

Intro by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ When it comes to Harry’s classes, each class is different. Usually it is 95% men and backyard cooks.  There is usually a funny guy who cracks the jokes and keeps the class

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June 24, 2015

Q’ing and Brew’ing BBQ Competition and BeerFest

Q’ing and Brew’ing BBQ Competition and BeerFest, June 20, 2015.  By Donna Fong Grand Champion Royce Armstrong of I’ll Be Good To You BBQ   When Harry said that Steve Botkin had the idea of holding his next Slap Yo’ Daddy

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