Burger expert George Motz embarks on mouthwatering road trip in Travel Channel's 'Burger Land'
New original series premieres Monday, April 15 at 10 pm ET/PT
Series Inspired by Motz’ Documentary and Best-Selling Book, “Hamburger America”
CHEVY CHASE, MD --Feb., 27, 2013 – From
California to Connecticut, a great juicy hamburger is considered by all to be a
classic American food. But burgers are not the same everywhere you go; from
state to state, they all tell a different story. And no one understands this
better than George Motz, hamburger expert and host of Travel Channel’s new original
series “Burger Land,” premiering Monday, April 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
(series moves to its regular 9:00
p.m. ET/PT time slot beginning Monday, April 29). In each of the eleven half-hour episodes,
Motz takes viewers on a taste-testing adventure across America, exploring the
nation’s most iconic and historic burger joints to reveal what goes into making
these burgers the best in the land.
years of exploring and studying the art of burger creation for his award-winning
documentary and best-selling book, “Hamburger America,” Motz has an expert’s
palate of what makes a great burger and the necessary high standards for
greatness. Crisscrossing the country in the new original series “Burger Land,” Motz
tours a different region each week, focusing on three established burger spots
plus one “new classic” that’s proven it can hold its own amongst the greats.
Each city embraces its own burger style; whether it’s their regional flavors,
style of cooking, methods of presenting, toppings or size, there’s much to be
revealed about a location from each beloved burger.
Land is a regional show where I get to visit my hamburger heroes all over
America,” says Motz. “Sure, each episode is about amazing hamburgers all over
the country, but it's as much about the rich histories and the people behind
In the premiere
episode (airing Monday, April 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT), Motz goes west to
explore the classic burger joints of Los
Angeles’ SoCal food scene – places that guard the tradition of burgers and
their ties to car culture in an ever-changing cityscape. Motz enjoys meals at
the Apple Pan and Pie ‘N Burger, two nostalgic favorites known for their
burgers as well as their pie. Next he heads to Marty’s – one of the few
remaining walk-up burger stands in L.A. – for a Combo, which stacks two
American favorites, the burger and the hot dog, right on top of each other.
Then, with the help of local burger expert and comedian Brad Morris, Motz
discovers Charlie’s – an old farm-to-table favorite hidden within the original
L.A. Farmer’s Market. Finally, Motz stops by Irv’s, one of his all-time
favorite hamburger stands, at risk of closing their doors for good if not for
support from the mayor of West Hollywood.
second episode (airing Monday, April 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT), Motz travels to
sunny Miami to sample burgers with
the city’s Latin-inspired flavors. He visits family-owned competitors, El Rey
de las Fritas and El Mago de las Fritas, for classic Cuban fritas – hamburgers
covered in thinly cut, fried potatoes. Next, he heads to the Latin Burger, a
food truck reminiscent of Cuban street vendors that serves up a Latin Macho –
two ground beef and chorizo patties. For a new burger experience,
Motz stops at the brand new Pincho Factory for a Nicaraguan-inspired burger which,
instead of a bun, is framed between two fried plantains. Motz’s friend, Sef
Gonzalez – also known as the “Burger Beast” – joins him for the burger-tasting
journey and a little Spanish translation.
locations include Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New
Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Land” is produced by Magilla Entertainment for Travel Channel. For Magilla, the
executive producers are Matt Ostrom, Laura Johnson, Brian Flanagan, Sean Lee, Dan
Appel and George Motz. For Travel
Channel, the executive producer is Julie Rose McCully.
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