My favorite part of what I do has always been meeting amazing people. It’s no different now.
Watching the passion with which the best chefs and owners operate is just fascinating.
Because it sure isn’t easy.
Jesse Blanco is one of the most recognizable personalities in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island television market.
He first moved to the area in the Spring of 1999 after accepting a job as a TV sports anchor at WSAV-TV (NBC). Like so many others, Savannah’s downtown lifestyle couple with the charms of Coastal Georgia made it really difficult to leave.
Still, in 2003, drawn to the bright lights of the big city, Jesse and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked as a Sportscaster at WZTV-TV (FOX). In December 2005, Jesse left the sports desk altogether for a position as a Newscaster at KDBC-TV in El Paso, Texas. A move that dramatically changed the course of his career.
In the Summer of 2008, in search of an opportunity to return to the east coast to be near family and friends in his home state of Florida, a familiar sight popped up in the want ads. A station Savannah was looking for a news anchor. Less than 4 months later, the moving fan was headed back across the country.
Food didn’t really enter the picture until 2010. Yes, food is probably his biggest hobby, followed by travel and history, but the thought of bringing those passions to life via a television show or the written word was something he never considered for a minute until the Summer of 2010 when a friend said “You know, you could become Savannah’s Anthony Bourdain.”
Famous last words, no?
With all due respect to Mr. Bourdain and his many talents, it seemed like a good idea. The blog was initially called “You’ll Eat It and Like It” as an homage to every mom out there who offered you a choice of what was on the table or an early trip to bed. Still, the blog and subsequent TV show about food in the American South started as nothing but a hobby. A vehicle to have a few laughs and a maybe score a great meal or two along the way.
Five years and a good bit of sweat equity later, Jesse Blanco and Eat It and Like It have become the voice of food in the region.