UPDATE: There's a hot Houston connection to the History Channel shoot — ultra-hot chile expert James Wreck and his local food program, Spicy RV.
Wreck tells us that executive producers of the American edition of Hairy Bikers reached out about two months ago to set up filming for an episode dedicated to hot chiles. It was Wreck and his crew, in fact, who led the History Channel team to film at West Alabama Icehouse.
"I'm actually going to be heavily featured in the episode," Wreck says of the excellent exposure for his show. "There is a whole segment dedicated to Spicy RV and to me."
Wreck won't give away too many episode-spoiling details, but says that the segment features tastes of two of the four hottest peppers on the planet, as well as a local grower of ultra-hot chiles.
When we got word that the History Channel was filming at the iconic Montrose biker/hipster haunt West Alabama Ice House, we were a bit baffled.
Sure, the icehouse has been in operation since 1928, but was it really historic?
We took the buzz as an
excuse opportunity to skip out of work a little early and see what was going on. After being kindly shushed by one of the production assistants, we were filled in in hushed tones: Hairy Bikers, a BBC cooking/travelogue show now in its fourth season in the UK, is hitting stateside in October.
The wildly popular hosts of the British version, David Myers and Simon King, won't appear in the U.S. episodes. The American version will reportedly feature a former chef to former president George H.W. Bush and a College Station bike shop owner instead.
This episode being filmed on Wednesday, in which the crew cooked chili out back of West Alabama, is scheduled to air during the second week of the first American season.