Kansas City American Royal

My boss asked me to be the camera person for his TV show–Just Down the Road–this weekend.  It’s a light-hearted travel show featuring my boss, Jeremy Wood, and his co-host Diane Robertson.  They have a lot of fun trying out close and inexpensive things to do, either around KC or another U.S. city.

This episode features the amazing and magnificent Kansas City American Royal, specifically the barbecue competition.  And boy, did that food smell good…

We arrived early and fought the cold with tenacity, stubbornness and many, many layers.  As we made our way to different competitors like Johnny Trigg and Rod Gray, my boss commented that it would be pretty cool to get some footage of Motley Que Crew.  If you don’t know them, that’s okay, you might know their white, spiky-haired leader.

Guy Fieri.

Yup, the Food Network celebrity.  And he was definitely the big celebrity this weekend.  We didn’t expect to get an interview with him–we’re just a modest show at the moment–but my boss thought it would be epic to get the crew at work.

And maybe Guy in the background.

Despite this, he told one of the other crew members that if we managed to get Guy to say a few words on camera…Well, maybe I shouldn’t say what he was going to do.  So, we set about getting a celebrity.  It couldn’t hurt to try, right?

We made our way to the tent with Motley Que, and the crew welcomed us with smiles and handshakes.  We had met them the day before.  We arrived at the perfect time–Guy Fieri was standing just to the side of the tent, his handlers not far off.  We asked the crew if we might be able to get an interview with them and Guy.

And we did.  Guy Fieri sat down next to his boys and chatted along, hat pulled low on his head to stave off the cold.  He was gracious and really low-key.

Then he agreed to get on camera with the show host and say something by himself.

We played it cool and filmed the whole thing.  Afterwards, Guy and his crew signed the hosts’ hats.  We trudged away with smiles on our faces.

And just as we passed out of sight behind another trailer, my boss leaped in the air and shouted with happiness.

It’s gonna be a good show, folks.  A lot of thanks to the Motley Que crew, Johnny Trigg and Rod Gray and everyone else who made it out to the American Royal yesterday.  It was cold, sure, but it was also the largest BBQ competition in the world.  There’s another reason to love KC.

Bring on the BBQ.


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