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August 3, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters, Part XI – Epilogue

  Episode 3 Dessert Round Battle between Leslie Roark Scott and Harry   As I write this epilogue blog a week after Episode 3 aired on July 28, 2015, I have been processing, in my head, the many emails, text

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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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