Behold, dear readers, the “other opportunities” that Omelet co-founder and chief brand officer Ryan Fey, left in August to explore. Starting tonight, Fey will be the face of the Food Network’s new reality cooking show “The Grill Dads” along with fellow Omelet veteran and former chief experience officer Mark Anderson.
The series—which debuts at 9:30 p.m. ET, when you should be just drunk enough to want some more wings—is a product of Guy Fieri’s competition show, “Guy’s Big Project,” which served as a review of sorts looking for the network’s next big culinary-travel series. The other show that came out of that competition is “Eat, Sleep, BBQ” with Rashad Jones.
Apparently, Fey and Anderson, who the Food Network described as lifelong friends, decided to enter based on their shared love for grilling meat and being dads. The show will follow them across the country as they try to find the most delicious dishes—kid-friendly and otherwise.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mark, Ryan and Rashad into the Food Network family,” said Courtney White, senior vp of programming at Scripps Networks Interactive, in the press release. “Throughout the journey on ‘Guy’s Big Project,’ Mark’s and Ryan’s energetic personalities and ability to convey their excitement for grilling on camera made them stand out.”
When Fey left Omelet after 13 years, the only regarding his future plans indicated that he would be “pursu[ing] his creative passions.”
“Ryan takes with him our warmest wishes and eternal gratitude for his contributions to our agency,” Kurz added at the time. “He will always be a core part of the Omelet family. We wish him the best in all his future endeavors.”