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The Eight-Part Competition Series Premieres Friday, June 24, at 9 PM, on PBS NC.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, 6/23/2021 — Hailing from Winston-Salem, talented home cook Bambi Daniels will compete as one of ten national contestants in The Great American Recipe, a new eight-part uplifting competition series that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food so vibrant and unique. The Great American Recipe premieres Friday, June 24, at 9 PM, on PBS NC, with new episodes premiering every Friday night through August 12.

PBS North Carolina will host Bambi Daniels during a free virtual event on Thursday, June 23, at 7 PM. The event will begin with a preview screening of The Great American Recipe. Following the screening, Sheri Castle, host of PBS NC’s The Key Ingredient with Sheri Castle, will lead a lively, fun and informative discussion with Bambi. Register at

Bambi Daniels describes her cooking as Southern “heart and soul” food—everything has a hint of her Southern roots and lots of love. She grew up on her family’s farms in South Carolina—her maternal grandparents’ in Chester and her homestead, Davis Farm, in Blair, where meals were prepared using what they grew and raised. She still incorporates fresh ingredients in her recipes, and when she visits her Blair homestead, family and neighbors drop by to share fruits and vegetables from their gardens.

Bambi loves cooking for her family, children and their friends and believes authentic connections are made and walls broken down when people sit down together at the dinner table. Her mother, Mary Emma, is her inspiration, but recent health issues have kept the matriarch from cooking. Bambi’s goal is to keep the family recipes—which carry the voices of her ancestors—alive. Her signature dish has been passed down from generation to generation: smoked mac and cheese with bacon.

Hosted by Alejandra Ramos, The Great American Recipe gives contestants from different regions of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes as they compete to win the title of the “Great American Recipe.” Judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot bring their professional insights and deep culinary knowledge to encourage and support the contestants along the way.

For more information about the show, its contestants and their signature dishes, visit To register for PBS North Carolina’s screening and virtual discussion event, visit episodes of The Great American Recipe air Fridays, at 9 PM, on PBS NC starting June 24. Watch live or stream anytime online and on the PBS Video App. 

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Media Contacts: 
Kathleen Kramer, PBS North Carolina Marketing & Communications