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Season Two of Road Trip with G. Garvin Premieres Tonight

May 7, 2013 | By More

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Chef Gerry Garvin, aka ‘G.’, returns to Cooking Channel for the second season of Road Trip with G. Garvin, premiering tonight, Tuesday, May 7th at 9pm ET/6pm PT.  An acclaimed cookbook author and larger-than-life personality, G. Garvin takes viewers on a culinary expedition through 13 episodes exploring the most delicious Southern-inspired cuisine the country has to offer.  From Los Angeles to Nashville, Louisville to San Francisco and in his hometown of Atlanta, G. discovers the hidden gems behind some of the cities’ best Southern dishes.

In the season premiere, G. Garvin heads to his hometown of Atlanta, the place where his southern-inspired roots were born. He starts with shrimp and grits at Local Three, where a unique kitchen is giving brunch a makeover. G. then satisfies his sweet tooth with red velvet cake from A Piece of Cake, and tops off the day at JCT Kitchen with a true southern treat, fried chicken, along with some very inventive cocktails.

We recently spoke with Chef Garvin about the upcoming season of his show:

Where do you get your passion for cooking from? Who did you look up to when beginning to cook?

I think you’re born with it. Growing up in the late sixties and 70s there weren’t any celebrity chefs, so I got it from my family. Anytime we were celebrating something, you would get fed. We had things like red velvet cake. Red Velvet cake is so popular today, everybody is making it, but back then we used to make it only for special occasions.

What is your favorite dish/comfort food to make when you are able to relax at home?
I work out almost everyday, so when I cook at home I usually try to eat really healthy. I like grilling things. I usually end up making quinoa with grilled vegetables.

How does it feel to be nominated by the James Beard Foundation for “Outstanding Personality/Host” for “Road Trip with G. Garvin”?
I tell my friends it’s like being nominated for a Grammy. Of course I want to win, but it’s a great honor just to be nominated.

Does the new season of Road Trip differ from your first? Can we expect to see any differences in this new season?
The first season was set in the south, so this season we get to travel all over the country to new cities like San Francisco, Nashville and Las Vegas.

What has been your favorite city to visit so far? From city to city how different is the cooking as well as the people?

I really liked Nashville. And Philadelphia. The country is very different, but no matter where you go the people are amazing. Some cities do have their bad areas, but once you get involved with the people and the food you see how great it is.

You created the One Bite at a Time Foundation. How important is it for you to give back to your community? What are some of the goals of the foundation?

The One Bite at a Time Foundation is giving kids growing up in rough areas, the ones that don’t want to be a basketball player or rapper, an option to be a part of the culinary world. There are lots of great job opportunities including being a chef, a manager, etc. There are also opportunities to work for big companies like Kraft and have a great, well paying job.

What else are you working on?
I’m very excited about this new season of the show. I have some new restaurants I am opening. I’m also developing some products including olive oils, barbecue sauce, vinaigrettes, and spices.

Chef Garvin mentioned that he hopes to visit Toronto soon. Perhaps for an episode on the next season of Road Trip?

Upcoming Episodes:

  • “Best of Georgia” – Tuesday, May 14th at 9pm ET/6pm PT
  • “San Francisco” – Premiering Tuesday, May 21st at 9pm ET/6pm PT
  • “Nashville” – Tuesday, May 28th at 9pm ET/6pm PT
  • “Oakland” – Tuesday, June 4th at 9pm ET/6pm PT

Season two of Road Trip with G. Garvin premieres tonight, Tuesday, May 7th at 6pm (PST) on the Cooking Channel.

Stay up to date with G. Garvin on his website ChefGarvin.com and follow him on Twitter @ChefGarvin.

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