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Kentucky BBQ grasp to compete on new PBS present ‘The Nice American Recipe’

A Kentucky chef with a knack for creating award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs will put…

A Kentucky chef with a knack for creating award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs will put his kitchen skills to the take a look at this month on a brand new PBS cooking competitors.

Rising up in a household of farmers, Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky’s Brian Leigh prides himself on his rustic residence cooking infused along with his Hungarian and German heritage. Starting June 24 on KET, Leigh shall be one in every of 10 contestants sharing favourite dishes on “The Nice American Recipe.”

The eight-part present celebrates a vary of culinary types infused by the contestant’s backgrounds — from Syrian to Hungarian, Vietnamese to Mexican and extra. The collection offers proficient residence cooks from completely different areas of the nation the chance to showcase their signature dishes and compete to win the nationwide search for “The Nice American Recipe.”

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Born and raised in Ohio, Leigh now calls Kentucky residence, the place he cooks hearty, homestyle meals for his spouse and household. He discovered cooking from his mom and grandmother, making every part from scratch, together with beef stroganoff, blintzes, oatmeal cookies and marinated cucumbers.

As a teen, Leigh developed his cooking methods when he labored in a buddy’s Italian restaurant and credit his father for his ardour for barbecue. That zeal led him to begin B.T. Leigh’s Sauces & Rubs, his personal award-winning firm that makes sauces and rubs.

Brian Leigh of Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky is competing on a brand new upbeat cooking present on PBS, “The Nice American Recipe.”

“After I moved to Kentucky, I noticed I needed to step-up my biscuit sport, which we didn’t see a lot of in Ohio,” Leigh mentioned. “And pimento cheese as effectively. I’ve all the time liked studying about meals from completely different areas and seeing how these recipes can evolve, borrowing flavors from Caribbean or French traditions and pulling them in to make one thing new.”

“The Nice American Recipe,” hosted by Alejandra Ramos, offers residence cooks like Leigh the chance to share household favorites handed down by way of generations. Judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot convey their skilled insights and culinary data to encourage and assist the contestants alongside the way in which.

The primary episode of “The Nice American Recipe” airs Friday, at 9 p.m. on KET.  The present will culminate in a finale that options the finalists making ready a complete meal for the judges to make their final determination. One of many winner’s dishes will grace the duvet of “The Nice American Recipe Cookbook,” which can even function recipes from the entire contestants and the present’s host and judges.

Leigh likened his expertise on “The Nice American Recipe” to being again in a business kitchen in the course of a rush.

“It was definitely anxious, but additionally a lot enjoyable,” Leigh mentioned. “I’ve made nice, lifelong associates from the present, and we’d evaluate notes every evening over dinner. It was such an invigorating expertise simply having fun with and studying from their breadth of culinary data.”

Attain Kirby Adams at [email protected] or Twitter @kirbylouisville

This text initially appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky BBQ grasp competes on PBS present ‘The Nice American Recipe’