Deseo chef Scott Bagshaw has a lot to smile about (Robin Summerfield)
Move over Gordon Ramsay.
You've got competition.
Winnipeg chef Scott Bagshaw has landed a development deal with Montreal-based production and communications company Pixcom.
On January 7, a company producer and cameraperson land in Winnipeg to film the chef and owner of Deseo for three days. The small crew will capture Bagshaw in action inside the kitchen of his South Osborne bistro, hanging out with friends, other local chefs, and his everyday life as a busy restaurateur.
Bagshaw says the call from Pixcom came out of the blue. "It's great. I'm 38 and I've spent three-quarters of my life on my feet. It's nice to do new things and get out of the kitchen."
Bagshaw first gained notoriety in Winnipeg and farther afield after getting fired from Pizzeria Gusto in March 2010 for racy comments he made about kitchen life to a local author. In December 2011, he faced further scorn for insulting Winnipeg Free Press food critic Marion Warhaft on Twitter and Facebook. Despite that, Warhaft recently named Deseo one of the best restaurants of 2012.
"I've obviously learned to bite my tongue," he says. That said, Bagshaw isn't about to change his personality to suit the television audience. "I'm a bad actor. I can only act like myself."
It was actually his outspoken personality that attracted Pixcom's attention, Bagshaw says. After his firing from Pizzeria Gusto, a Pixcom producer began following his career and approached him earlier this year to work on the TV project.
For right now, the show's format is nebulous, he says. The footage filmed in early January will be used as a starting point for which producers will possibly build a show to pitch to The Food Network.