Airtime set for Chubbfather’s appearance on Food Network

Published 10:17 am Monday, September 17, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

The Food Network will be highlighting offerings from one of Alabaster’s most popular eateries this week, as a segment filmed in Birmingham in May is set to air on the network on Sept. 19.

The new show “Big Food Truck Tip” hosted by Food Network star Andrew Zimmern will air on the Food Network at 9 p.m., and will feature the food truck from Alabaster’s Chubbfather’s restaurant.

While Chubbfather’s owner Will Cholewinski had his food truck at an event at Good People Brewing in downtown Birmingham on May 21, a representative from the Food Network approached the food truck and said she was looking for the owner.

“I told her that was me, and she said her name was Courtney and she is head of production for Andrew Zimmern. She said she had heard about us, and several people had told them they needed to check us out,” Cholewinski said.

Zimmern’s crew was in the state preparing to film an episode of his upcoming show “The Zimmern List” in Birmingham for the Travel Channel, and looked up Chubbfather’s on social media. When they saw the restaurant’s food truck was going to be at Good People, they traveled to Birmingham to meet Cholewinski.

A few days after meeting Zimmern’s crew, the Food Network and Travel Channel were making plans to put the Alabaster restaurant on television. From May 29-31, Chubbfather’s was one of only three food trucks in the state selected to be featured on “Big Food Truck Tip.”

According to the description for the episode, “Andrew Zimmern hits the road and heads to Birmingham, Alabama, to explore one of the hottest up-and-coming food cities in the country. He meets the owner of Chubbfathers, who’s committed to cooking comfort food and feeding hungry folks — even if they can’t pay — out of his postage stamp-sized kitchen on wheels.”

Cholewinski and his wife, Stephanie, traveled to a sound stage in Homewood on May 29, and brought their food truck to the UAB campus on May 30 and May 31 as crews filmed an episode of the new show.

Cholewinski said Zimmern spoke highly of Chubbfather’s signature offering: The Zydeco burger, which is a bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, Cajun horseradish and onion straws.