Founder of Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Competes in Food Network's Best In Smoke BBQ
Dave Anderson, Famous Dave's Founder, Shows Off BBQ Expertise and Passion
MINNEAPOLIS, Apr 26, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Famous Dave's of America,
Inc. (DAVE) announced today that Famous Dave Anderson, BBQ legend and founder of
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, along with Charlie Torgerson, Directory of Culinary,
will be featured in Food Network's Best In Smoke competition, a new four episode
program that premieres Sunday, May 8, 2011.
Aric Nissen, Famous Dave's Vice President, Marketing and R&D said, "Famous Dave's
is extremely proud that Food Network has recognized Famous Dave Anderson as one
of six of the best BBQ masters in the country to compete in Best In Smoke. In
fact, participating restaurants will be serving Blackberry BBQ Ribs and
Blackberry BBQ Lettuce Wraps that were inspired by Dave from the Best In Smoke
Dave Anderson founded Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que in his quest to serve authentic,
legendary pit BBQ to people across the country. "Dave's passion for BBQ is
unmatched," continued Nissen. "Most people are surprised to learn that we have
'scratch' kitchens, using the freshest of ingredients and that we smoke, cook,
and grill our menu items right there in the kitchen. Our BBQ is smoked for up to
10 long hours in smokers on site at each location. That is what makes all Famous
Dave's locations authentic BBQ joints."
The Best In Smoke series premieres on Sunday, May 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Six of the
best barbecue masters hailing from cities across the U.S. meet in New York City
to face off for a $50,000 grand prize and the right to claim the title of Best In
Smoke. Hosted by Bryan Caswell (season three contestant on The Next Iron Chef),
this competition tests the competitors' endurance and skill as they take on
multiple challenges in a day with limited resources and cook for vastly different
From barbecue to desserts to single bite hors d'oeuvres, no food is off limits.
Contestants show off their personal style and quick wit throughout the
competition, but a final mad dash to three separate venues around Manhattan and
Brooklyn will determine which competitor will be awarded the coveted title of
Best In Smoke. At the end of each week's episode, viewers will learn which
competitors advance to the next round of the competition.
Host Bryan Caswell kicks off the competition on the premiere show by challenging
the six teams to create their best "single bite" for the judges. Once the clock
starts, it's an all-out scramble and the competitor who cooks up the best "single
bite" wins immunity from elimination and joins the judging panel for the next
round. Then, the competitors devise the ideal BBQ hors d'oeuvre for an upscale
art gallery opening. The fate of the finalists hangs on the opinions of the
gallery guests who decide which competitor is safe from elimination.
Famous Dave's will use innovative social media to make the show more available to
Guests and fans. Founder Dave Anderson and Charlie Torgerson will host an "After
the Show 'Que & A" on Monday, May 9, that will be live-streamed from a
Minneapolis Famous Dave's restaurant. The show will be hosted online on the
Famous Dave's website so fans from all over the world will be able to view the
after show live at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Fans will be able to submit questions, and
Dave and Charlie will answer them live, along with sharing special moments and
behind-the-scenes insights. If Dave and Charlie make it to the next round, the
live-streaming after shows will continue airing online on Monday nights.
About Famous Dave's
Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (DAVE) was founded by 'Famous' Dave Anderson,
whose passion for BBQ led him on a 25-year cross-country trek to find the best
regional BBQ recipes in the country before opening the first Famous Dave's in
Hayward, WI. As of today, the company owns 52 locations and franchises 130
additional units in 37 states, and is known for its on-premise real pit smokers,
scratch-recipe cooking, and 500 national and regional awards for everything from
best ribs to best Bar-B-Que sauce to best cookbook. They offer a wide variety of
BBQ favorites including signature award-winning St. Louis-Style Ribs, Texas Beef
Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, and Country-Roasted Chicken. Each seasoning blend
was personally developed by Dave himself after years of trial and error to bring
flavorful and authentic BBQ to his Guests. Scratch-recipes round out the menu
with delicious sides and desserts that include meaty Wilbur Beans, Drunkin'
Apples, and Dave's Famous Bread Pudding.
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