Celebrity chef tourism is like pushing an open pantry door for destinations in a competitive market.
Now I wouldn’t be a big foodie as The Scary One will tell you.
But I do like to see the countries and cities that provide the blank canvas for the chefs we have all come to know.
With the daddy of them all, Keith Floyd, an infectious, larger-than-life character back in the day.
Who made the template for cookery on the road TV shows.
While Rick Stein’s Long Weekend always showcases a destination for me even if I’ll never come close to making any of his dishes.
Unless they’re scrambled eggs.
Tom Kerridge is the latest chef to pack the kitchen into his suitcase and take to the road for Food Network (9.30pm).
So this Thursday it’s Pittsburgh meatball sub.
Colorado Juniper Venison is next Thursday and Gold Country, California walnut and orange cake concludes the series on Thursday, October 3
I’ll be watching because Tom and I have a connection.
Tom ‘Caridge’ is English West Country to his bootstraps and while The Scary One is more refined I recognise the accent.
Our connection – no, not The Scary One and I, but Tom and I is American food and Tom’s doing the good ol’ Oo Es of A.
So we’ll see him in Pittsburgh whose culinary expertise has long been recognised by the award-givers.
And where I was invited out to and would have gone if I could have been in two places at the one time.
Now that’s a chip butty
I know Primanti Bros too from a morning spent in Fort Lauderdale ahead of my cruise to the Bahamas on Celebrity Edge.
Check my Florida meanderings here… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/im-a-celebrity-get-me-out-to-here/
And let’s hear it for California where I need no second invitation… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/22/my-weekend-with-marilyn/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/stair-wars-3/
So to Colorado and Ginger and Baker in Fort Collins where I not only ate and drank for Scotland and Ireland but also attended a cookery class.
Held by the inimitable Debs… http://www.gingerandbaker.com
And baked me an apple pie… or my instructor showed me how.
Now let’s help you recreate Tom’s journey and exclusive recipes.
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