Travel Channel turns up the heat with a first time grilling competition show, American Grilled, for the multi-platform programming, "We Are Summer," that hit the networks July 2. The fiery, hot new Host and Co-Judge, chef David Gaus, known in culinary circles for his expert take on Southern cuisine, sizzles the contestants in this high heat, high stakes challenge with surprise, indigenous ingredients to bring out the masters of the grill in select cities across the country.

American Grilled airs each Wednesday at 9PM ET thru September 24, 2014 with thirteen, one-hour episodes. You'll be at the edge of your seat for the most intense competition and just maybe, you will know one of the contestants, be it a neighbor in your cul-de-sac or a local caterer. Episode locations include the following:

July 2 [PREMIERE] - Asheville, NC
July 9 - Annapolis, MD
July 16 - Charlottesville, VA
July 23 - Jacksonville, FL
July 30 - Savannah, GA
August 6 - Pensacola, FL
August 13 - New Orleans, LA
August 20 - Chicago, IL
August 27 - Austin, TX
September 3 - Memphis, TN
September 10 - St. Louis, MO
September 17 - Louisville, KY
September 24 - Latrobe, PA

In American Grilled grill aficionados from various backgrounds of experience, from backyard grillers to small town cooks, battle against one another in the ultimate outdoor cooking challenge. Host and renowned chef, David Guas turns up the heat on grillers across America as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights. In each episode, four contestants use locally sourced ingredients - blue crab in Maryland, quail in Georgia and T-bone steaks in Texas, to name a few - to test their epic backyard skills. They'll serve up delicious and original plates that skillfully showcase the grill and embrace the amazing local flavors. Thirteen one-hour episodes; produced by Original Media with Travel Channel's Patrick McManamee as Executive Producer.


About Chef David Guas:
New Orleans native David Guas already has an acclaimed and award-winning 18 year career as a chef under his belt; a James Beard Award finalist cookbook --- DamGoodSweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style [Taunton Press, 2009]; and extensive knowledge of all things savory that gets him around a kitchen, steamer and grill. Guas' funky-rustic, counter-service hangout featuring Southern comfort food, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has a devoted falling and is a popular gathering spot for NOLA expats and discerning diners wanting all things Louisiana.