Dallas leader Tiffany Derry is on another TV show. PBS’ The Great American Recipe premiered June 24 and is an eight-part cooking contest that “celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American cuisine unique and iconic.”
The show is hosted by Alejandra Ramos and Derry with Leah Cohen and Graham Elliot judge recipes shared by 10 home cooks who prepare their own family meals from recipes passed down through generations.
It’s a bit like The great British pastry fair, both in form and fashion. While in Britain they cooked in a non-air-conditioned tent, here the competitors are in a climate-grown barn. Otherwise, the layout is the same, with cooking stations set up on two columns. UK bakers have been given specific challenges, like Cake Week, but here the themes are based on each contestant’s culinary background.
Dishes are judged on taste, execution, presentation, and how the recipe showcases the theme. To add a nail biting element, they all have a strict time limit to do everything.
In the first episode, titled “If I Were a Recipe,” each contestant creates a dish that best defines who they are.
The winner of the show will have one of their recipes on the cover of The Great American Recipe recipe book.
Derry is known for cooking seasonal Southern dishes, especially at its new restaurant Roots Southern Table, which was our new favorite restaurant last year. Her spiritual dish is a bowl of okra, which makes for a great show for her.
Derry has previously made appearances on Bravo’s Excellent chef Season 7, where she won the title of “fan favorite”. She went to Top Chef: All-Stars, where she was once again a finalist. And she continues to serve as a recurring advisor to Top Chef, Top Chef Junior and rescue bar.
You can watch The Great American Recipe online on PBS or regular TV, but who knows how it even works anymore. Are there still channels?