Titans of Taste make it to top 5


First Posted: 6/12/2009

After appearing by video on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly Friday as contestants for the LIVEs Ultimate Hometown Grill Off, the owners of a local catering business bumped up their chances of winning when voters selected them as one of five nominees to compete for a grand prize.
I am really pleased with the results, I am so happy. Its a great opportunity for us this national exposure, were just a couple guys from Mayberry, said Jeff Stager Friday afternoon.
Stager and Danny Speer are the owners of Titans of Taste, a catering company known for barbecue and grilling in the Mount Airy area.
Stagers and Speers obvious passion for cooking led their family and friends to nominate the pair for the barbecue cooking contest sponsored by LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.
Earlier this week, Speer filmed a one-minute video that aired on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly Friday morning. The video showcased Speer with his grill in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse accompanied by the squad car tour next to the TV Land statute of Andy and Opie. He not only bragged about his hometown, but the barbecue that earned Titans of Taste second place at the Mayberry Days Cook Off in 2008.
Because Stager was out of town, Speer represented Titans of Taste alone on film with help from the Surry Arts Council, which helped organize the filming, and Video Works Carolina, which filmed the segment.
Viewers and hometown fans have the opportunity to take the grilling duo even higher, if they vote online at the shows Web site.
Each week, all summer long, viewers will vote on one nominated chef who will be chosen to travel to New York City to appear on Live and demonstrate his or her recipe. At the end of the summer, one dish will be named the Ultimate Hometown winner, and that chef will have the opportunity to appear in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine with the winning recipe.
The Titans of Taste was announced as one of the five nominees for this particular week of the grilling contest for its Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich with Tongue Slapping Sauce.
Voting will close on Sunday at 10 a.m. The winner of this week will be announced on Monday and will appear on the show June 19 to grill his or her recipe with the LIVE! hosts.
We love this, we want to go the top, go all the way and meet Regis, Speer said.
Stager agreed.
Were really excited about it because of who we are, were really nobody, this started out of fun, now there are dreams to be realized, he said. Its kind of overwhelming. Were really blessed, really blessed.
To vote, visit http://regisandkelly.go.com/recipes.html.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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