A Kentucky chef with a knack for creating award-winning barbecue sauces and seasonings is putting his cooking skills to the test this month in a new PBS cooking contest.
Bowling Green’s Brian Leigh is one of ten cooks from across the country competing in The Great American Recipe, an uplifting cooking contest celebrating the multiculturalism and diversity of flavors that define American cuisine.
The great American recipe will be broadcast on Friday, June 24 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.
The eight-part cooking series, hosted by Alejandra Ramos, gives talented home cooks from different parts of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes and compete to win the national search for “The Great American Recipe.” . Judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot bring their professional knowledge and in-depth culinary knowledge to encourage and support contestants along the way.
Leigh, the founder of BT Leigh’s Sauces & Rubs, comes from a farming family in Ohio who exposed him from an early age to spit and barbecue roasts, as well as German dishes and more traditional Hungarian. His cooking career took shape while he was still working in the computer industry: he shared a breast he had made (and thought he had ruined it) with his colleagues, who enjoyed his work so much that they started to pay him so that he continues to bring smoke. meats and sauces in the office.
Although his seasonings are now distributed nationally, for The Great American Recipe contest, Leigh said he had a lot more up his chef’s sleeve than his barbecue prowess suggested.
“When I moved to Kentucky, I realized I needed to step up my cookie game, which we didn’t see a lot in Ohio,” Leigh said. “And chilli cheese too. I’ve always loved discovering food from different regions and seeing how these recipes can evolve, borrowing flavors from Caribbean or French traditions and integrating them to create something new.
Leigh compared her experience on The Great American Recipe to being back in a commercial kitchen in the middle of a rush.
“It was definitely stressful, but also so much fun,” Leigh said. “I made some great lifelong friends through the show, and we compared notes every night over dinner. It was such an invigorating experience to enjoy and learn from the breadth of their culinary knowledge.”
Brian Leigh will be hosting a free community event – featuring a premiere screening of “The Great American Recipe” along with music, games, raffles and snacks – at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green on Friday, June 24. More information is available here:
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