Okay, so yesterday I spent upwards of 10 minutes explaining the appeal of Throwdown to the office. Hulu has the following description of the show:
"Chef Bobby Flay is on a secret mission to challenge the absolute masters in one kind of cooking — award winning BBQers, bakers, pizza makers and more — some with a roomful of trophies to prove it. In each episode, one of these cooks thinks Food Network is shooting their profile for a show. What they don't know is that Bobby is going to drop in for a surprise visit and challenge them to an unexpected cook-off. Since they're in their element and Bobby's out of his, prepare for an exciting, tension-filled competition."
I happen to really love Bobby Flay, whether he's winning or losing with grace. He's not a broad-market television personality--he's a true-blue chef. Plus, his culinary assistants are constantly ribbing him, which means part of the fun is watching their banter in the test-kitchen.
Why am I telling you all this? Yesterday we got a memo from our publicity department: our author, Ree Drummond, is facing off with Bobby next week on Throwdown! Ree is the author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks and will be throwing down for a Thanksgiving challenge, a week from today. That's November 17th, 9 pm EST on the Food Network. Clearly I'm psyched, but what about you? In Bobby's words: "Keep doing what you do, but ask yourself this: are you ready for a throwdown?"
PS: My blind devotion to Throwdown might be a bi-product of these sticky buns from Flour Bakery. If you're ever in Boston, they are epic. See below!