Two of BYU’s performing groups will be featured on a new reality TV series, “Dining with the Dean.”
The Young Ambassadors and Living Legends will each have three students representing them on LENZ-works’ new TV reality show. Each team has three hours and $30 to plan, prepare and present a three-course meal. The judge of the competition is one of the college deans. The grand prize is $3,000 — $1,000 for the organization and $2,000 for a charity of their choice.
One of the competitors said cooking was a new experience for him.
“Most of my cooking is done out of a box,” said Brad Robins, a business management major from Centerville, and a competitor for the Young Ambassadors’ team.
Others are old hands in the kitchen.
“My wife and I split the cooking time,” said Stephan Freeman, a senior from Camp Verde, Ariz., majoring in archaeology and a competitor for the Living Legends team.
Both groups are internationally recognized for their performances. Since entering the world stage in 1970, the Young Ambassadors have performed in 56 nations. Their audiences have included the prime minister of India, the queen of Thailand and the king and queen of Jordan. Living Legends has performed throughout the U.S. and in more than 45 foreign countries. Featured on national TV in China, Eastern Europe and Latin America, it represented the U.S. at the 1992 World’s Fair in Seville, Spain and at the 1991 German-American Volksfest in Berlin.
The Young Ambassadors are competing for the Clean Water Project, a program run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which raises money to help provide clean water to the more than 3 million people who die every year from diseases related to poor hygiene and unclean water sources.
“I’m very excited because we really had something to gain,” Robins said. “Our tour this spring is to South Africa and the project benefits that area.”
Living Legends is competing for Centro Hispanico, a nonprofit organization in Provo, which offers free educational classes, legal assessments, walk-in consultation, volunteer opportunities and a low-income taxpayer clinic to immigrant families living within Utah County. Some of the students also volunteer at a Hispanic heritage festival.
“It was fun going back as a volunteer — not just a spectator,” Freeman said.
Competitors for the Young Ambassadors’ team are Brad Robins, Shae Hunsaker and Emily Daniels. Stephen Freeman, Amber Singh and Jerad Todacheenie will compete for Living Legends.
The show will air Thursday at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. and Friday at 1:30 a.m. on BYUtv.