The tall, bearded, jovial Jim Stacy is already known in Atlanta for his quirky ways. His resume includes nightclub owner, punk-rock musician, tattoo artist and even professional Santa Claus. His “Get Delicious’ specials on Public Broadcasting Atlanta are consistent ratings draws for the local network.
Now a national audience will get to appreciate Stacy’s avuncular ways with a new Cooking Channel show debuting Friday night called “Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy.”
“I’m no fancy chef but I know how to cook, I know how to eat and I know how to have fun,” he said in his opening pilot, which is already available on the Cooking Channel website and first aired in the spring on the TV network itself. “It’s all about getting off the beaten path. I’m looking for the rebels making innovative food all across America not in the tourist traps but only the places I can take you.”
The pilot has a theme about one of his favorite subjects: monster movies. He starts in Midtown Atlanta with Villains Wicked Heroes, where each sandwich is named after a classic villain from an old movie (The most popular sandwich is named after a classic James Bond classic villain Odd Job, which is spicy Korean chicken.)
During the show, he provides his expertise and critique while interviewing the owners.
October 11, 2013 Avondale Estates – Portrait of chef-owner Jim Stacy at his new restaurant Pallookaville Fine Foods in Avondale Estates on Friday, October 11, 2013. A look at Jim Stacy, the massive, tatted, overall wearing fry cook who is making the talk-show rounds, including Jay Leno, and opening a new restaurant in Avondale, called Pallookaville Fine Foods. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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