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Bowling Green cook tests his kitchen skills on new PBS cooking competition ‘The Great American Recipe’

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A Kentucky chef with a knack for creating award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs puts his kitchen talents to the test this month on a new PBS cooking competition.

Brian Leigh of Bowling Green is one of eight cooks from across the country facing off on The Great American Recipe, an uplifting cooking showdown celebrating the multiculturalism and diversity of flavors that have come to define American cuisine.

The Great American Recipepremieres Friday, June 24, at 9/8 pm on KET.

The eight-part cooking series, hosted by Alejandra Ramos, gives talented home cooks from different regions of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes and compete to win the national search for “The Great American Recipe.” Judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry, and Graham Elliot bring their professional insights and deep culinary knowledge to encourage and support the contestants along the way.

Leigh, the founder of B.T. Leigh’s Sauces & Rubs hails from an Ohio farming family that exposed him at an early age to spit-roasts and BBQ as well as more traditional German and Hungarian fare. His cooking career first took shape when he was still working in the IT industry: He shared a brisket he had made (and thought he had ruined) with his co-workers, who so enjoyed his handiwork that they began paying him to continue bringing smoked meats and sauces to the office.

Though his seasonings now enjoy nationwide distribution, for The Great American Recipe competition, Leigh said he’s got a lot more up his chef’s sleeve than his BBQ prowess might suggest.

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