Holley native advances past first two rounds on Food Network’s ‘Great Food Truck Race’
Steven Klatt and Braised in the South make sumptuous shrimp and grits
HOLLEY – When Steven Klatt was a kid in Holley, he preferred the Food Network over cartoons, his father Ryan Klatt said.
Now Steven, 30, is actually on the Food Network. The past two Sundays (9 p.m. locally) he and his teammates with the Braised in the South food truck have advanced in Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race,” which features Southern-style food.
The competition started with seven teams, but each week one is eliminated, the team with lowest sales.
Braised in the South competed in New Orleans for the opening show (and came in second just missing first by $7). This past Sunday the show featured the teams in Pensacola, Fla. This week the show heads to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The finale is Sept. 24 with the winner gets $50,000.
Klatt and the Braised in the South co-teammates Nick Hunter and Brandon Lapp serve up pulled pork, shrimp and grits, macaroni and cheese and other tasty food.
“It’s been awesome,” said Steven’s father, Ryan Klatt. “We’re so proud of them.”
Steven is also the son of Susan Colby, the Clarendon town clerk.
Steven graduated from Holley in 2005, and then earned a culinary degree from Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks.
He moved South about a decade ago. He and his two friends run the Braised in the South food truck out of Charleston, S.C. Klatt applied to be on the show.
The action is fast paced on the episodes, and takes a lot of salesmanship as well as cooking skills.
Ryan Klatt said his son has always been an overachiever.
“He’s got it all,” his father said. “The two guys with him are also really good guys. Steven has worked very hard. His work ethic is incredible. He’s a super hard worker and it’s paying off.”
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