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Crispy bacon and runny egg yolks may be breakfast staples, but they’re not the stars of Dan Levy’s new brunch. Designed with everyday “culinary heroes” in mind, its new HBO Max series The big brunch is basically a pancake lover’s dream come true, and I can’t decide if I’m more obsessed with the mouth-watering food or the heartwarming message behind the show.
“I created this show for them, the local culinary heroes of America who deserve a spotlight.”
Levy, who will host the show, created the series with Boardwalk Pictures to celebrate underrepresented culinary voices by giving chefs from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to redefine what “brunch” really means. During each episode, the series will also highlight the history and individual aspirations of each chef, giving them all a chance to compete for a “life changing” award.
“Everyone has a friend, family member or colleague who is extraordinary at what they do, they just need a helping hand so that their talents can be appreciated on a larger scale,” said Dan said in a statement, according to Variety. “Through an almost obsessive love of food, I was lucky enough to meet many of these people in the culinary world – friends working in cafes or food trucks, revolutionizing the menus of local restaurants – these special humans who create communities around their cooking, in hopes of taking their skills to the next level. I created this show for them, the local culinary heroes of America who deserve a spotlight. This, and who does not want not watch the maple syrup slowly pour over a golden background pile of French toast inspired by a creme brulee to perfection? ” Hmm, French toast inspired by crème brûlée? I’ll need a fork and a generous portion of butter when this episode comes, please.
Auditions for The big brunch, which is slated to air in 2022, is currently open to U.S. residents over the age of 21, with no cooking experience required. So, whether you are more a fan of sweet or savory brunch, discover the application form here and maybe send a copy to the chef at your favorite local restaurant – or even that neighbor who always brings the best cinnamon buns to the potluck!