LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
“I teach how to cook barbecue and a lot of my students are now competing,” Bray said. “They know a lot of my secrets. I get really scared going in to a contest like the one in London because the level of competition is just so high. I’m a very consistent cook, but there are a lot of great cooks in these competitions. In this sport we do the very best we can do, but it all comes down to what the six judges think.”
Bray said through his travels across the country for contests, he has noticed an increasing interest in competitive cooking.
“Barbecue is bringing a lot into the towns,” Bray said. “A lot of the competitors have been on shows like BBQ Pitmasters, and A&E is starting a barbecue show soon. People are getting interested and that’s getting corporations involved. These contests are becoming big events.”
Grills Gone Wild will be open from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 28 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the London-Laurel Tourism Commission and will take place at the Laurel County Optimist Center. Learn more at www.ggwbbq.com.