Public Relations and Marketing is not one of my strong suits, especially when it comes to “tooting” my own horn. I will gladly cheer on my friends and loved ones but oftentimes I just put stuff out there, don’t say too much about it, cross my fingers, say a prayer and hope that maybe someone will find it. I’m always afraid of appearing insincere if I talk too much about my various accomplishments, but one thing I’ve learned in this modern food business is that if you want people to stand up and take notice you have to put yourself out there.
Back in January I mentioned something about a national television appearance, well the time has come to spill the beans. It would seem that someone “found me”. What now seems like a lifetime ago I was contacted by a producer from Triage Entertainment (the same folks who produce Iron Chef America) about appearing as a celebrity judge on a new food themed game show called “My Momma Throws Down”. Think Iron Chef meets Family Feud. Two African-American matriarchs go head to head in a kitchen stadium environment with their family members standing close by cheering them on and helping them earn extra points and prizes. I have to admit I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the premise initially, it sounded a little silly. But you know what, the show is a wonderful celebration of African-American culture, good food, and most importantly family. Three things that exemplify what The Blacker The Berry Food is all about, so what’s not to love.
As for my experience as a judge, well within five days of that phone call I was whisked off to Atlanta to appear alongside the incomparable Chef Marvin Woods and New York’s own Cake Man Raven and I have to say I felt like a real celebrity. The list of other African-American food professionals who have appeared as judges reads like a Who’s Who. Many are my culinary heroes including Dr. Jessica B. Harris, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and Tanya Holland along with a plethora of African-American actors, reality stars, and musicians. The show which debuts this Friday, May 4 on TV ONE is hosted by actor and comedian Ralph Harris and my episode…drum-roll please… airs this Sunday, May 6th at 9pm Est. So after you guys have all recovered from your Kentucky Derby parties, make sure you check it out and let me know what you think.
*Cuisine Noir also has a great write-up about the show here…