Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood
Cooking Channel is continuing to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to Southern food, with tonight's debut of it's newest TV show, "Southern and Hungry." Described as a "road trip through the South," highlighting memorable dishes and "real, down-home restaurants," Southern and Hungry is hosted by chef and food expert Damaris Phillips and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood.
This is Phillips' second nationally televised show. She became Bobby Flay's co-host on the daytime program Southern at Heart: The Bobby and Damaris Show, after winning the ninth season of the Food Network series Star. The Louisville native is also releasing her first cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy, this month.
Rutledge, who was raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended University of Georgia, co-hosts shows and events for NASCAR, Fox Sports, NBC Sports and History Channel (Top Gear and Lost in Transmission). His bio says he's "been around food and cars all his life."
On tonight's debut, titled "A Whole Beast of Flavor," the down-home duo take their appetites to Charleston, South Carolina, where they sample Rodney Scott's legendary pit-smnoked, whole hog barbecue (we're also big fans of Rodney's barbecue). They also receive cooking lessons on preparing oxtail from Addielee's Restaurant, just north of Charleston in the town of Moncks Corner, S.C., and try one of America's best hamburgers at Neon Pig of Oxford, Mississippi.
Southern and Hungry will air tonight at 10 p.m. EST, and run again at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10, and Thursday, October 12, at 9 p.m.