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The Great American Recipe

The Great American Recipe

PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Fridays at 9 PM beginning June 24 
Saturdays at 2 AM beginning June 25
Mondays at 3 PM beginning June 27

This new eight-part cooking competition celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic. Hosted by Alejandra Ramos, the series gives talented home cooks from different regions of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes and compete to win the national search for the best 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.

The series blends food, family and fun, highlighting the amazing variety of tastes and traditions found across the country while capturing the roots of America’s diverse cuisine. From family favorites passed down through generations to internationally influenced recipes that are quickly becoming mainstays of American cuisine, the series mixes camaraderie with competition, revealing rich personal stories and the inspiration behind the contestants’ favorite recipes.

THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE will culminate in a finale that features the finalists preparing an entire meal for the judges to make their ultimate decision. The winning dish will grace the cover of “The Great American Recipe Cookbook,” which will also feature recipes from all of the contestants and the show’s host and judges.


Episode 1: If I Were a Recipe
Ten home cooks from across the United States compete for a chance to win The Great American Recipe.

Episode 2: The Daily Dish
Bring your appetites as the cooks share favorite quick meals and winning dishes to feed a crowd.

Episode 3: Love Language
Join us in the kitchen as the cooks share favorite comfort foods and a dish inspired by a loved one.

Episode 4: Moveable Feasts
Get ready to grab and go as the cooks prepare handheld treats and the ultimate in outdoor dining.

Episode 5: Party on a Plate
Let’s party as the remaining home cooks share their favorite special occasion and holiday recipes.

Episode 6: Mix It Up
Watch as the cooks are surprised with a recipe swap and then wow the judges with a personal dish.

Episode 7: Family
Celebrate family as the cooks prepare their friends’ and families’ most memorable recipes.

Episode 8: The Great American Recipe
It’s finale time as three remaining cooks go head-to-head to win “The Great American Recipe.”

Brian Leigh
Brian Leigh

Ohio native among show contestants

Brian Leigh, a native of Newbury Township in Geauga County, now living in Bowling Green, KY, is one of 10 contestants chosen to participate in THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE.

Leigh prides himself on his rustic Southern home cooking infused with his Hungarian and German heritage. His dishes are big on flavor and he loves funky, fermented ingredients including sauerkraut, which his family used in many of their Eastern European-inspired dishes. 

Growing up in a family of farmers in northern Ohio, Leigh learned cooking from his mother and grandmother. He credits his father for his passion for barbequing, which led to him starting his own award-winning barbeque sauce and rub company.