Al Mancini is more than just our longtime dining writer. He's also a freelance food journalist and the host of a video blogging (or vlogging, if you're gross) series on his website. He just released the third edition of the Eating Las Vegas guidebook of ranked local restaurants with his local colleagues John Curtas and Max Jacobson.
And, he's going to be a TV star.
The Travel Channel just announced six new series, one of them being the six-episode All Forked Up, which will pit Bowery punker Mancini and bowtied attorney Curtas against each other -- but not in Las Vegas. Instead, the two foodies will travel to different American cities and sample various dishes suited to their respective palates and aesthetics. Their goal is to simultaneously find the dish that best embodies their host metropolis. The winning representative dish earns its finder bragging rights, and the loser "has to pay up on a crazy side bet," or so says the press release from Travel Channel.
Crazy side bets. Oh yes. We're hoping that means by the end of the first season, we'll have seen Al trade his leather jacket for a seersucker suit and ink-adverse John getting tatted up. Or Al gagging on the world's biggest cream cheese-filled sushi roll and John kissing Twitter nemesis Anthony Bourdain's feet. Or Al getting a respectable haircut and wine connoiseur John pounding shots of Ass Juice at the Double Down. Well, that's my shortlist of humiliations, anyway.
Al tells the story of how it all happened here. All Forked Up has yet to announce a premiere date, so we'll keep you posted.