The first culinary series to film on the historic stage of the Ryman Auditorium, Sing for Your Supper is a unique cooking series hosted by Chef Bob Waggoner (Executive Chef of Watermark) combining cooking and music. Each episode will feature a music star and their special guest along with a sommelier, and the episode’s guest chef, chosen from our studio audience. Chef Waggoner will teach his Audience Chef how to prepare a French-influenced, Southern entrée while also discussing wine pairings. Then the Audience Chef will present their dish to the musical guest, who will gladly “sing for their supper.” Musical guests slated for the series include Jana Kramer, Lauren Alaina, Sarah Darling, Love and Theft, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, Erin McCarley, Escondido, Lelleigh Bannen, Craig Morgan, Brett Eldridge, Dailey & Vincent and The Mavericks.
The first few episodes have been quite entertaining, and Chef Waggoner has an easygoing onscreen persona. I especially appreciate his use of local wine experts Elise Loehr of F. Scott's, Seema Prasad of Miel and Kenny Lyons of Husk to suggest accompaniments for the meals, although the show's decision to obscure the specific vintners' names on the bottles doesn't take the best advantage of their expertise and makes their advice sort of generic.
Besides that little quibble, Sing for Your Supper is a fun addition to your viewing schedule. Here's hoping it gets picked up for another season!