'Meat and Potatoes': Rahm Fama's carnivorous odyssey


In his song "Cheeseburger in Paradise," Jimmy Buffett sings, "I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French-fried potatoes, big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer …"

Sounds like a man after Chef Rahm Fama's heart. On Friday, Sept. 24, Fama begins a carnivorous odyssey across America in the new Food Network series, "Meat and Potatoes."

But it's not just a burger or steak and a pile of spuds.

"We're going to do all forms of meat," says Brian Lando, Food Network's vice president of programming. "The 'Meat and Potatoes' title is really just a play on everyone's favorite American fantasy of just having a great main dish that is meat-focused, with a delicious side.

"So, every side dish isn't going to be potatoes. We have coleslaw and a bunch of other sides that complement the dish. 'Meat and Potatoes,' everybody knows what that means -- a main course and a side dish to go with it."

According to Lando, the show began the moment he met Fama.

"The origin of 'Meat and Potatoes' was actually when we met the host, Chef Rahm Fama," he says. "He has such a passion for all things meat that it was a no-brainer to launch him on this journey to try the best meat dishes in America.

"He was describing his love and passion for meat. He almost couldn't sit down or contain himself, because he wanted to go and try so many different meat dishes that we thought, 'Let's follow him.' "

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