Long and Short Reviews welcomes Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid who bring a special character interview today from their book Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars which releases today.
Coming soon on the Foodie Network…Personal Chef: Rock Star. I’m here today with the epicurean community’s favorite musician, Mr. Tully Randolph, drummer of breakout indie band Unusual Potatoes. Tully agreed to sit down with me today to talk about his famous mother, why he agreed to host a cooking competition in his home, and what he’s looking for in a personal chef.
Interviewer Guy: Good afternoon, Tully. It’s great to see you, and you’re looking handsome as always. Our viewers are really looking forward to seeing more of you on Foodie Network, and this new show is your first TV series of your own. What are you most looking forward to with this new endeavor?
Tully Randolph: The food, always the food. While we’re on the road, we try to hit up good restaurants, but it’s difficult with the hours we keep. We’ll go from a sublime roast duck to spending the next few days eating nothing but potato chips. Having a personal chef on tour with us would help round that out.
IG: It’s unsurprising that food’s so important to you, considering your heritage. Your mother, “Mama Grace” Randolph, was hugely popular for her skills in the kitchen as well as her enormous personality. She’s sorely missed by all of us, and I imagine you more than anyone. What lessons did she teach you that you’re carrying into the judging on your show?
TR: Food is heart, it’s soul, it’s how we communicate with each other. Our culture is built around the table, around food and family. It’s an art, but it’s gotta be done with love. Also, the importance of a strong work ethic. She was a single mom and bringing me up while managing herself and growing her business, she put in long hours, but she never lost heart.
IG: Those values seem to underpin your music career as well. Unusual Potatoes are known for being hard workers with a lot of heart. So what will it take for a contestant to impress you, Tully? And with Kemper–your lifelong best friend, perhaps better known as a ladies’ man than a culinary aficionado–judging as well, what do you think it will take to impress him? What does your ideal candidate look like?
TR: Let’s be clear, what will impress Kemp is unlikely to impress me–he’ll be looking for legs. I’m looking for good food. Comfort food is the most likely to appeal to both of us. Since Kemp and I grew up together, we were brought up on what Mom brought home or tested out in the kitchen. I’d like someone who understands food. If you mean visually, as the saying goes, never trust a skinny chef.
IG: Well, that’s certainly one approach to judging! Finally, before you go, why don’t you tell me why you agreed to host this competition in your home and what you’re hoping to gain from having a live-in chef?
TR: I don’t know why I agreed to having it in my home. Someone must’ve slipped me something. [laughter]
But seriously, I have a chef’s kitchen and when it comes down to it, that’s going to be about as good as it gets when it comes to going on tour. I wanted to make it clear to anyone who may be coming from a more traditional chef’s background that this is not a restaurant gig. It’s a personal chef and you don’t get much more personal than being in my home.
As for a live-in chef, as I said, I’m hoping to round out some of those meals we have on the road. It’ll be a great opportunity for the right person to see the world, cook some great food, live the rock-n-roll lifestyle with all its ups and downs. From hot plates to chef’s tables. Good times.
IG: Thanks again, Tully, for joining me today. Personal Chef: Rock Star begins filming this week for the Foodie Network. Six contestants vy for a spot as Tully Randolph’s personal chef, living on-site, in the pressure cooker of intense competition 24/7. Who will win over our judges and claim the top prize? Tune in to find out.
Wyatt Parker has a good life—he owns his own construction company, his own house, and he eats home-cooked meals every day. But cooking for one while watching the foodie network is more than lonely. When he learns about an upcoming reality show centered on becoming the personal chef for his favorite rock star, Wyatt leaps at the chance to audition.
Tully Randolph is the drummer for the band Unusual Potatoes. With a chef for a mom, love of good food runs in the family. When he’s asked to host a cooking competition, he’s all in—especially after he meets Wyatt, who is just the kind of big, hairy guy who gets Tully’s juices flowing. With a heart as big as he is, Wyatt wows Tully with his skills in the kitchen… and in the bedroom.
But if their relationship is found out, Wyatt could be drummed out of the competition—and out of Tully’s life. All the ingredients for a happy future are in front of them, and they just need to figure out how to bring everything together.
About the Authors: Clancy Nacht is a bisexual genderqueer person who lives in Austin with a husband and three feral rescue cats. Clancy has published several ARe bestselling contemporary romantic thriller m/m and m/f stories. Three of her books have been honored with Rainbow Awards; Le Jazz Hot won for #1 Best Bisexual/Transgender Romance & Erotic Romance. In 2013, Black Gold: Double Black was a runner up for a Rainbow Award and in 2015, Gemini won an Honorable Mention for Gay Erotic Romance at the Rainbow Awards. Her books have been nominated for several Goodreads M/M Readers Choice Awards.
Thursday Euclid is a 30-something queer trans man from Houston, Texas, who spends most of his time writing, playing computer games, or watching films and television of questionable quality. Two facts about Thursday: he spent the happiest night of his life in the pit at a Radiohead concert, and hot and sour soup is the easiest way to his heart. He is a rebel with many causes and a Rainbow Award winner.