If Virginia is for Lovers and food is the way to a woman’s heart, then a surprise wedding proposal on the CBS 6 segment "Virginia this Morning" was as perfect as the dish the chef prepared just moments before popping the big question.
Chef “Grill Sergeant” Brad Turner was the featured chef, and he brought his girlfriend on the show, as the” taste tester.”
As Turner prepared shrimp shortcakes paired with buttermilk bacon biscuits, Tony was given a microphone and positioned just off to the side of the prep area.
Host Greg McQuade and Turner walked over to her, to have her taste test the dish.
As she took a bite, Turner said, “remember what I told you about food – it tastes that good, but I bet I can make that taste better.”
That’s when he pulled out the ring and proposed.
Tony, all smiles, said yes --- as she finished that last bite.
"The only thing that goes better with that is carrot," Chef Turner said, "and she's got that on her finger."
The chef contacted CBS 6 about two weeks ago to announce his plan, so the crew was in on it, but it was a complete surprise for his new fiancée.
It was clear though that the 20-year Army veteran – who cooked for the Pentagon for years – had practiced his lines for the big moment.
Throughout his cooking segment, he dropped hints about the amorous garnish he planned to dish.
“I’ve gotten marriage proposals over this gravy,” and “we need to marry these two things,” he said, not skipping a beat the entire time.
“It was nerve-wracking,” McQuade said, “we had one shot to make it perfect.”
“The chef was cool as a cucumber, though,” McQuade said and admitted his heart was beating faster than normal with excitement.
McQuade was well positioned to be the first to offer “Best Wishes.”
Afterward, the production crew attempted to toss to weather, but the meteorologist sent it back to the floor crew for another look at the couple, who were in the corner celebrating their new commitment.
Chef Turner will be on Cutthroat Kitchen this Sunday, on the Food Network.