Woolley crowned king of culinary TV
October 1, 2014
By TOM BUSSELBERG
Former longtime Preston resident Bryan Woolley has been sharing his love of cooking with Intermountain West viewers, including those in Franklin County and Northern Utah, for two decades.
The Salt Lake Tribune recently called him, “the king of culinary television in Utah and one of America’s longest-running TV chefs.” A front-page article in the Sept. 24, 2014, food section included three photos and was written by food writer Kathy Stephenson.
“Basically, I was in the right place at the right time,” Woolley said. He is currently the chef for KUTV Channel 2 in Salt Lake City.
Two decades ago Woolley was teaching bread-making classes at Kitchen Kneads in Logan, when another station, KSTU Channel 13, called to see if he could do a regular on-air cooking segment.
Bryan Woolley, a former Preston resident, gestures at the beginning of a cooking segment for KUTV Channel 2 in Salt Lake City on Friday. Braden McElreath shoots video. Woolley has been sharing his love of cooking with local and regional audiences for two decades.
“My boss literally passed the phone to me,” Woolley recalled. He accepted the job and did the Tuesday cooking show on Fox-13 for eight years.
“I’m honored that people would let me in their houses, trust and watch me for this amount of time,” the 47-year-old Preston High School graduate said.
He moved to KUTV when the Gabby Gourmet, Fred Wicks, retired. Viewers quickly adapted to the animated young chef who offered his original, easy-to-make recipes using everyday ingredients, the Tribune article said.
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