A couple of months ago there was a flurry of activity looking for someone “like a Canadian Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives“ for casting a Food Network Canada show. At the time a number of people ask me if I knew anyone.
Time passed, and the opportunity come back around. Someone was casting for someone like Guy Fieri to host a new food show. They want someone male, 25-45, and funny…. but it seemed foolish to keep quiet for a second time, even though I’m not a perfect match for their main requirements
So here is my pitch:
I am a big personality, though I’m not a male, I’ve always been one of the guys (I’ve always thought “guy” was gender-neutral and attitude rich!)
I am the editor and publisher of CheapEats Restaurant Guides and have been talking about and sharing the food-of-the-people since 2002.
I have a pre-existing audience as a Taste Maker in both traditional and social media spaces, and more importantly in real life (see me @alexaclark @ceto @ceot @secretpickle www.flickr.com/photos/lexnger www.facebook.com/alexa.clark www.alexaclark.com www.unsweetened.ca www.cetoblog.com www.ceotblog.com www.secretpicklesupperclub.com and more)
I’m on the steering committee for Second Harvest‘s Toronto Taste and co-chair the social media subcommittee, and am a co-founder & organiser of HoHoTO, one of the top third party fundraisers for Daily Bread Food Bank.
I grew up on an organic farm selling vegetables in the Saint John City Market. I worked in my first profession kitchen at 13. I’ve waitressed my way through high school summers. Slung beer through a bMath at Waterloo. And once I was making the big bucks, ate my way through some of the finest restaurants and diviest dives as a high paid tech consultant.
I search out the most interesting food, people and experiences independent of the price point.
I am fiercely Canadian and have family from one end of our country to the other.
I’m excited by food, flavours, ingredients; farms, markets, restaurants; beer, cider, wine. And of course people, because what food doesn’t have it’s start in someone’s passion, history or imagination?
I’m big, bold, and brazen.
And then, to show a bit more of what I can do… or at least want to do… or at least where I’m starting, I went to Ottawa’s Ribfest with the lovely Susan Murphy kindly manning my camera, and taped the following audition video:
It was a quick shoot just to get a footage of me on camera, it’s been a while since I’ve been in front of the camera and it was one take, so please excuse my occasionally awkward patter. I promise that next time it will be tighter and sharper, with less “right on”s. (yes, Nancy I hear you saying “right on, right on!”)
Feel free to send words of encouragement and cross your fingers for me!