Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Travel Channel filming in Tucson this week

The Travel Channel is filming in Tucson this week for a new series that will premiere in March.

The host will visit cities nationwide to feature iconic food dishes.

The Tucson show will feature the Sonoran dog. A Sonoran hot dog is found in Tucson, Metro Phoenix, and in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. Its a hot dog grilled in a processor or on a griddle, wrapped in mesquite smoked bacon, topped with chopped tomatoes, onions, shredded yellow or cotijo cheese, tomatillo salsa or red chili sauce, pinto beans, mayonnaise, ketchup and/or mustard, and served on bread. Its often served with a fresh-roasted chile.

In September, Adam Richman of “Man v. Food” was in town to sample a Sonoran dog at El Guero Canelo. That show aired in December 2009. The new show will have a similar format to “Man v. Food,” where the food is chosen and a tasting contest, or sort of a food war, will ensue.

The Tucson contest will be between El Guero Canelo and BK Carne Asada and Hotdogs.

Producers are looking for people to be at the taping 1-5 p.m. Thursday at BK Carne Asada and Hotdogs, 5118 S. 12th Ave.

Fans of El Guero Canelo, 5201 S. 12th Ave., are invited to be at that location 1-5 p.m. Friday.

The final shoot will take place at BK Carne Asada and Hotdogs noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

A local celebrity panel of judges will decide the winner.

During a live “Man v. Food” episode before the Feb. 7 Superbowl the new show will be announced. The show does not have an official title at this time.