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Cooking Show Shot In Downtown AVL

On a mild summer day, the heat is turned up at Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville.

"All right here we go, everybody settle please," shouts a crew member.

All day Thursday, part of the park was transformed into a makeshift TV set. Kelvin Johnson of Asheville takes it all in.

"To come and get the savory senses teased," he explains.

The crew is shooting a grilling competition show. It's a pilot for the Travel Channel. In this this public locale, there's a built-in audience of curious spectators.

Four grilling contestants square off in this show. There are three judges, including local blogger Jason Sandford. The executive producer says the city can take the heat.
    
"We did a lot of research in the southeast," says executive producer Patrick McManamee. "Asheville just hit the mark for us, it's a food town. It's got a lot of flavor too it as well."

In the heart of downtown, they can control the lights, cameras, and the action. But some things, they have to work around.

"A bit loud today, and windy," says Beth Granato of Fletcher. "Very loud with the fire trucks."

But despite the "surround sound," onlookers appreciate the battle for grilling supremacy.
       
"The down home aspect," Johnson tells us. "Local people showing what they can do on the big stage."
   
And some say the land of sky has all the ingredients of a perfect TV backdrop.

 



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