Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey are best friends.
It’s been that way for more than 20 years.
The two men are also dads and share a love for cooking.
Oh, and they love travelling.
So it’s safe to say the duo has a dream job with Food Network’s “The Grill Dads.”
In the series, the pair criss cross the country searching for the best food in each city.
Anderson and Fey made their way to Albuquerque earlier this year.
And the city had a warm welcome for them.
“When we were looking at cities to visit Albuquerque was at the top of the list,” Anderson says. “Every year, where we live gets in shipment of the Hatch green chile and we buy a lot of it. We wanted to visit the area where there’s chile all around. Ryan and I are big fans. And we got to see why New Mexicans love their chile.”
The episode featuring Albuquerque airs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 on Food Network.
The hosts and its crew were in the city for three days.
During the episode, Anderson and Fey visit San Francisco’s Capo’s, where the renowned, fried deep-dish pizza has won the title as world’s best.
Then it’s, on to Seattle where Katsu Burger’s Godzilla Attack lives up to its name, as their grass fed, farm-raised beef is deep fried, katsu style and built into a mouth-watering burger piled high with flavors.
Finally, it’s over to visit Albuquerque’s Backstreet Grill for a savory and spicy, braised and fried duck burrito deeply flavored with New Mexican chiles.
“The dish was excellent and the chef was amazing,” Fey says. “I remember getting to the first place and you could smell green chile roasting in the air. It was really eye opening.”
As the series is getting underway, Anderson says the best part of the show’s vision is that he and Fey are working together.
“We’re two dads that love to cook,” he says. “We take it seriously. The most exciting thing about this show aside from travelling and food is that we have the support from the Food Network. For us right now, we’ve been able to make the exact show that we dreamed of making.”
Fey agrees and says the producers were able to capture the authenticity of the friendship.
“You can’t fake what we bring to the table,” Fey says. “This is how we are. Viewers will be able to see into our friendship. It’s food and it’s funny. It’s a new frontier. We were brought together by food and now we’re expanding our love of cuisine.”