CRESTVIEW — Now that local chef Sherri Williams has been crowned Macy’s Great American Grilling Guru, she’s ready for the next competition.
That’s The Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” which she taped in April in Pensacola Beach. Now that the series has started running, Williams can talk about it.
“I had to be hush-hush. It was so hard because I can’t keep a secret!” she said. “They start off with four competitors and they knock it down to one winner.”
Williams said she can’t reveal the outcome, but encouraged fans to tune in Aug. 6 when her segment runs. Check local listings for station and time.
In the Macy's competition, Williams grilled against five other regional winners in New York’s Herald Square, having defeated thousands of entrants from across the country.
The win qualified her for the November World Food Championships in Las Vegas, where she’ll be a contender for the $100,000 World Recipes Championship.
Williams said one of the reasons she entered is to show other women that the barbecue grill isn’t just the domain of men.
“I was up against all pros,” she said. “I was the only backyard griller …. I was here to show and tell (other women) anybody can do it.
"Don’t be afraid to get out on the grill or smoker.”