Chef’s Table: BBQ

  • 12 Sep - 18 Sep, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

Chef’s Table: BBQ is a new season of the Emmy-nominated series that devotes each episode to the life and culinary influences of a particular chef. The first episode starts off with Tootsie Tomanetz, an 85-year-old widow works as a custodian in a Texas high school. But on Saturday morning, she wakes up at one am and does the job she’s better-known for: She’s the pitmaster at Snow’s BBQ in Kingston. Tootsie didn’t start out wanting to be a BBQ expert; she learned the trade when her husband opened a meat market and restaurant in Giddings. Over the 20 years they ran the meat market together, but they sold the market after her husband had a stroke. In 2003, she was asked to help open a new BBQ joint, and she’s been shoveling wood coals into the massive smokers ever since. In 2008, Texas Monthly named the then-little-known Snow’s as the best BBQ joint in the state, a massive honour given. Tootsie became a celebrity of sorts, but she had to deal with two personal blows right in a row: The death of her husband and her son Hershey. Chef’s Table takes a point of view that’s unique compared to the many cooking shows out there. Yes, we see food, but the show is more about the chef’s life.

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