Ty Machado, 13, has braved the stressful world of culinary TV as one of the young contestants on Food Network’s “Kids BBQ Championship.” And in doing so, he brought a spotlight on his hometown of Seguin.
Also appearing on one of the episodes with Ty was Adrian Davila of Davila’s BBQ. Davila, who served as one of the judges, hosted Ty, his family and a host of hometown friends to a viewing party this week so they could cheer on their young local hero.
The challenge of the episode called for Ty and the remaining competitors to put their grills to use in creating a dessert. Dishes ranged from lemon-blueberry cobbler and dessert pizza to dump cake and baked apples. Ty baked pina colada upside-down cakes.
In the end, the judges said all of the creations tasted great, though opinions varied on the presentation, which was an important part of the final score. And while they loved the pina colada flavor of Ty’s dessert, they didn’t care for how it looked. Ty admitted he had burned the cakes and did his best to salvage them, but it didn’t succeed.
You could tell that being sent home still stung, even though the show was taped in December. Ty brushed back a few tears, but he was all smiles when the crowd in Davila’s dining room broke out into a sustained round of applause.
Seguin’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented him with a plaque for being a positive role model in the community.
Word is that Ty’s interested in continuing his cooking career. So, expect to hear more from him in the future.