ROGER MOOKING - " MAN, FIRE, FOOD" - COOKING CHANNEL (HOST)
The heat is on as chef Roger Mooking travels the country to discover inventive ways to cook with fire, in Cooking Channel’s new series Man Fire Food, premiering Tuesday, September 18th at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Roger endures the heat as he visits with pit masters, chefs and home cooks, all looking to create complex, flavorful dishes utilizing the element of fire. Whether cooking over an open fire in a rustic chuck wagon or smoking meat from inside a double-decker, Roger follows the smoke signals for a mouthful of flavor and a whole lot of heat. In the series premiere, Roger travels to the Carolinas for a unique barbecue experience that opens his eyes to a new world of fire. He starts at the family-run Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC where they have served whole-hog style barbecue for 65 years. After loading the wood and burning the coal for their 170 square foot smoker Roger helps prepare the hogs for the fire and sinks his teeth into their legendary barbecue pork. Next stop is Greer, SC for Bovinova – a two-day meat-filled feast started by five food-loving friends. While there, Roger is introduced to the custom-built cow rack used to roast a 1,000 pound cow over a colossal open flame and feed more than 600 barbecue lovers. Upcoming episodes feature visits to Pacifica, Calif., where Roger helps a pit master prepare a whole pig for a Hawaiian-style barbecue right on the coast; Austin, Texas to see how South American parilla-style rib roasts and pork steaks are cooked to perfection on a homemade grill; and Grain Valley, Mo. to meet a local mechanic who has transformed a retired Cessna airplane into a smoker for everything from pork butts to chicken.
KELLY THRASHER - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR "THE WAFFLE HOUSE"
1650 LOCATIONS ACROSS AMERICA, THE WAFFLE HOUSE IS "UNDER THE YELLOW SIGN". KELLY IS ALSO IN CHARGE OF THE "WAFFLE MUSEUM" DESIGNATED BY THE STATE OF GEORGIA AS AN OFFICIAL HISTORICAL LOCATION. SHE KNOWS THE HISTORY AND MANY USES OF WAFFLES AND IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S FAVORITE FOODS.
DR. MELINA JAMPOLIS - "BEATING BELLY FAT"
Mom was right when she said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what you choose can make or break your day (sorry, bacon didn’t make the list). Dr. Melina Jampolis is an internist and board certified physician nutrition specialist specializing exclusively in nutrition for weight loss and disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Melina currently serves as the diet and fitness expert for CNNHealth.comandhas been interviewed by USA Today, New York Post, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, Glamour.com, and more on nutrition and weight loss related topics. She has appeared numerous times on Live with Regis and Kelly as well as Dr. Oz. show, CNN, FOX News channel, FOX Business Network, and numerous local television and radio stations. She has authored three books: The Calendar Diet,The No-Time-to-Lose-Diet, andThe Busy Person’s Guide to Permanent Weight Loss.