The road battle visits locales with connections to Eddie, including Miami and Charlotte, North Carolina, where he played professional football; Dallas, his childhood hometown; Little Rock, Arkansas from his college days; Montgomery, Alabama, where his extended family lives and BBQ mecca Kansas City.
"Eddie is a natural on-camera and everything viewers loved about him on Food Network Star makes him the perfect host of BBQ Blitz, a new competition centered around the food grew up with in the South," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "With the cooking chops of these BBQ masters, the energy of a sporting event and the fun of a tailgate, this show is a perfect way to kick off the weekend."
Food Network Star season eleven winner Eddie Jackson is a former NFL player who joined the food world as a private chef, food truck owner and personal trainer. He proved to be the ultimate culinary champion during Star, known for his charismatic personality, charm under pressure and spectacular cooking skills. His take on food, which combines his southern background with his passion for rich bold flavors, consistently distinguished him with the viewers and judges. Eddie grew up in Texas and owns a Caribbean grill-inspired food truck and gym in the Houston area.
BBQ Blitz is produced by Follow Productions.
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