Hosted by Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson, six-episode series premieres Monday, May 23
Eight of the country's finest young BBQers cook it out in the first-ever battle to find the best kid grill master in the new primetime series "Kids BBQ Championship," premiering Monday, May 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network.
During the six-episode season, hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of red-hot challenges testing their barbecue skills and creativity on the grill - and only one competitor takes home the grand prize: $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. With themes ranging from a Hawaiian luau competition to a cowboy campfire challenge, each episode also features some of the biggest names in barbecue as guest judges.
"The competitors may be under the age of 13, but their barbecue skills are over the top," said Didi O'Hearn, senior vice president of programming, Food Network. "Camila and Eddie are the perfect duo to lead the culinary action in this fun, fiery and family-friendly addition to the primetime lineup."
"Kids BBQ Championship" competitors are: Josie Burkhardt (Medford, New Jersey; age 11), Sydney Groves (Euharlee, Georgia; age 10), Paris Hale (Johns Creek, Georgia; age 11), Tyler Zager (Weston, Florida; age 11), Carter Hull (Austin, Texas; age 12), Ty Machado (Seguin, Texas; age 13), L.J. Ruth (Tampa, Florida; age 11) and Jacob Scott (Yahoo City, Mississippi; age 12).
In the premiere episode, hosts Alves and Jackson greet the eight fiercest kid BBQers in the country, and the competition kicks off with each young chef showcasing trademark flavors in chicken and side dish challenges. Special guest Tim Love judges the final plates, and the competition ignites with no room for mistakes.
Upcoming episode themes include backyard barbecue and state fair, and a guest judge roster with Danielle Bennett, Kardea Brown, Adrian Davila, Graham Elliot and Kent Rollins.
Alves is a dedicated mother, fashion and lifestyle expert, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Brazil to a family of farmers, she grew up with a strong connection to the taste and aroma of food. Alves moved to the U.S. in her teens to pursue a career in fashion, later establishing herself as a well-known lifestyle expert, sharing her personal insights on "Today," "Rachael Ray" and "The Chew," while becoming a brand ambassador for Target. In 2016, she launched the lifestyle website Women of Today, focusing on food, family, fashion, health, beauty and crafts.
"Food Network Star" season 11 winner Jackson is a former NFL player turned private chef, food truck owner and personal trainer. In 2015, he proved to be the ultimate culinary champion during "Star," known for his charismatic personality, charm under pressure and spectacular cooking skills. His unique take on food combines his southern background with a passion for rich bold flavors. Jackson has appeared on Food Network shows "BBQ Blitz," "Chopped" and "Christmas at Bobby's."
Viewers can relive the most creative and dramatic moments with episode highlights at FoodNetwork.com/KidsBBQ and hear from hosts Alves and Jackson for their take on the competition. Fans can also weigh in on their favorite moments on Twitter using #KidsBBQ.
Guest judge Tim Love with hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson on Food Network's "Kids BBQ Championship." (Food Network photo)