Alabama fire chief competes in Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games after devastating tornado

  • Source: WIAT-TV CBS 42 Birmingham
  • Published: 08/19/2021 12:00 AM

Chief Justin McKenzie leads the newly-formed, full time fire department in Fultondale, and he’s using flames in a unique way. A master of the grill, McKenzie was recently a contestant on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games – a show hosted by Guy Fieri in which different cooks compete for prize money. “When I first got [the invitation], ‘I was like no way,’” Chief McKenzie said. After an EF-3 tornado hit Fultondale in January, he was invited to be a contestant on the show along with fellow firefighters for a special episode. “All this stuff has happened in the city… We had 260-something residential buildings down, 61 businesses affected – if not destroyed. There’s a lot that I was worried about just for our city and residents,” McKenzie said of the devastating tornado.


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