TV chef to host ‘101 gay weddings’ in Atlanta

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Get your hashtagging fingers ready, gay Atlanta. Chef Art Smith is giving away a big gay celebrity wedding in Atlanta. If all goes according to plan, 101 lucky couples could get hitched just in time for their marriages to be legal in Georgia.

One Atlanta couple already knows how awesome an event like 101 Gay Weddings can be. Tommy Layman and Brett Parker were among the couples hitched by Smith and his TV foodie friends like Guy Fieri when they threw a similar bash in Miami (photo) just as that state legalized marriage for same-sex couples.

The first 101 couples who hashtag the event on social media will get the royal treatment in Atlanta at an event scheduled for June 28. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of legal marriage for same-sex couples as expected that week, the wedding event will come just in time to coincide with marriage equality in Georgia.

To see if you and yours can be one of the winners, race to tweet #101gayweddings to @ChefArtSmith. The event and all the trimmings are absolutely free to the lucky pairs, Smith tells Huffington Post.

Smith will host the Atlanta installment of “101 Gay Weddings” alongside husband Jesus, with whom he will soon celebrate five years of marital bliss.

“We've written books, opened restaurants and cook for a galaxy of stars but not having someone to share it with its meaningless,” Smith said of his time working in the industry with Jesus. “I'm thrilled to be making all these foodie kids dreams come true by the first cooking show mass gay wedding in television history. It's amazing that it all started with food activism, 'Take The Hate Off The Plate,' 'Big Gay Ice Cream Social,' '101 Gay Weddings' and now 'Bravo Top Chef Big Fat Gay Wedding.' A little bit of fried chicken has made a lot of love and continues to make more.”

Did you catch that last part? Smith is also casting “Bravo Top Chef Big Fat Gay Wedding.” The special will air late this year, and you can e-mail producers if you’d like to be considered for that show.

Chalk up another win for the tireless gay chef. Whether he’s cooking equality into every bite at his Atlanta restaurant, winning local LGBT awards, securing a spot on the gayest rolodex in town, or titillating everyone with that hunky newsman bromance, you gotta love him.

[Huffington Post]

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