Tune in: ‘Roadtrip With G. Garvin’


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Remember “G. Garvin,” the California eclectic restaurant on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles? Once it closed, I never heard what happened to chef/owner Gerry Garvin (aka G. Garvin). Before opening his own place, he’d done a stint as executive chef at Morton’s. He was chef at the late Kass Bah on Melrose Avenue, and was opening chef at Keyshawn Johnson’s Reign in Beverly Hills, also long gone and one of the few celebrity haunts where people came more for the food than the scene.

Turns out he’s been in plain sight all along, that is, if you watch the Cooking Channel. Now living in Atlanta where he grew up, he’s starred in the television series “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin,” which ran for seven seasons on TV One. He’s also written half a dozen cookbooks as well as the memoir, “The Making of A Chef.” He’s been busy.


And now the Cooking Channel is screening his new series “Roadtrip With G. Garvin” starting May 29. Each episode highlights a different city and good eats from high to low. Charleston leads with visits to the restaurant “The Glass Onion,” then a bakery and out to the low country to explore the barrier islands and back creek salt marshes. The following week, it’s Austin and barbecue.

Tune in May 29 for some culinary armchair traveling with genial host G. Garvin.


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