I didn’t watch much of the President last night– I was too busy watching Father Leo Patalinghug battle Bobby Flay in a fajita throwdown on the Food Network.

For those not familiar with the show, the premise is that Bobby Flay (a renowned chef and FoodNetwork personality) shows up unexpectedly and challenges regular chefs (small restaraunt owners, caterers, etc) to “throwdowns” over their speciality dishes.  The local chefs, who believe they are being featured on the FoodNetwork for their specialties, are often in the middle of presentations to large groups (families, friends, locals) as part of the FoodNetwork taping– and then Bobby Flay arrives.   Since the show has been on for a few seasons, the local chefs now know why Bobby Flay is standing before them– to challenge them to a throwdown.  Sometimes the local chef wins, sometimes Bobby Flay wins.  But everyone always has fun.

Last night was an episode I had been waiting for all summer– ever since Father Leo told his email list that he was doing a special for the Food Network.  My mom emailed my sister and I and predicted a throwdown.  Sure enough, the next week Father Leo emailed everyone and revealed that there had been a surprise appearance by Bobby Flay and it was a throwdown!

But we didn’t know who had won until last night.  It was a great show– Father Leo is great on camera (a natural!) and it was refreshing to have the Catholic faith portrayed so well!

I’d highly recommend a viewing of the show when it re-airs, Sep 20 at 11 p.m. and Sep 21 at 2 a.m.

Read an article from the Baltimore Sun here.