Thursday, July 31, 2014
Two local grillers were on fire on T.V. last night, but it wasn’t enough to win on “American Grilled.”
Jack Waiboer and Cheyenne Ledyard were two of four competitors who endured three rounds of grilling – and both competed in at least two rounds – but it was Tina Cannon, a wedding and event designer from Peachtree City, Ga., who walked away with the $10,000 prize.
The new show airs on the Travel Channel.
The episode was called “Southern Char” and filmed in Savannah, Ga. The game was hosted by David Guas, chef/owner of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Va. Gaus was joined by guest judges Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, a barbecue award winner and cookbook author, and Ted Dennard, owner of Savannah Bee Company.
Every round the judges would taste and critique the competitors’ plates. A competitor was eliminated in each round. Waiboer and Cheyenne survived the first round but Ledyard was cut after the second round, and Waiboer followed after the third, finishing the show as first runner-up.
Waiboer lives in the Oakbrook area and is a local pitmaster, known for appearing on another television show from Destination America, “BBQ Pitmasters.” Waiboer works as a pitmaster for Kraft Foods and also owns Carolina Pit Masters Barbecue Cooking School. He has won three South Carolina State Championships and 13 Grand Championships.
Ledyard lives in Summerville and runs an online store called The BBQ Pantry, and also caters. He travels across the state with his competition barbecue team and is currently ninth in the state under the South Carolina Barbecue Association, having just won his first place victory on July 4 in Mullins, S.C. at the Rib Throwdown, adding he has placed second and third in other competitions.
Read more about the competition in next Wednesday’s Journal Scene.