Well of course he does. But it’s still pretty cool. The Bizarre Foods star was in Kentucky filming an episode this month, and I had a chance to sit down for an interview (read more at The Courier Journal).
I naturally asked him some questions about his perceptions of Kentucky and its food. I was interested to hear him say, “the story I wanted to do most that got killed was Kentucky ham. It’s hard to make a story out of salt it, smoke it, come back in 14 months. But that endlessly fascinates me.”
He called it an iconic food, and is excited about the future of ham in our state. “I keep thinking to myself how great is it going to be five years from now,” he said. “There’s some great ham coming out of here now but with all the attention and love the charcuterie movement has had here it’s going to energize young cooks and they’re going to want to make ham.”
For those who share his love of ham, you may want to check a ham dinner coming up at The Brown Hotel next month.
On Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Col. Bill Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Ham and the English Grill will present a five-course gourmet dinner featuring smokehouse aged country ham, bacon, sausage and prosciutto.
Nancy Newsom Mahaffey, the owner-operator of Col. Bill Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Ham, will share the story of her grandfather’s 95-year-old, family-operated ham business and describe how she uses a 300-year-old process to hand-craft the ham at their Princeton, Ky. farm.
The dinner is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information or to make reservations, call The Brown Hotel at (502) 583-1234.