Chef Steve Konopelski, along with his husband and business partner Rob Griffith, have announced the launch of their new baking show “The Sweet Life of Steve” on YouTube. The show will feature favorite recipes from the couple’s bakery, Turnbridge Talbot, along with Konopelski’s trademark humor and wit. Season One will feature 10 full-length episodes plus a short holiday special covering a range of sweet and savory recipes including flourless chocolate torte, pulled pork dinner with sides, beer bread BLT, and Steve’s award-winning Pecan Pie, among others.
In addition to full-length episodes, the series will include short “Just the Tip” videos that demonstrate specific techniques used in the main episodes.
About the show, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and cookbook author Claudia Fleming commented, “straightforward and easy-to-follow with a generous helping of charm and wit!” Steve worked under Fleming after graduating top of his class at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
Konopelski’s first foray into televised baking took place in 2015 when he appeared on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. He was a runner-up in the competition, and he gained a loyal fanbase that was drawn to his big personality and spontaneous dance moves in the kitchen, as well as his talent for baking. Konopelski went on to star in and win Food Network’s Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, and he has made appearances in other Food Network specials in recent years.
“I’m so excited about launching a YouTube channel because it allows much more interaction with fans than traditional TV,” said Konopelski. “I love that people can comment and ask questions, and I can have a direct dialogue with them.”
The couple says they’re also excited about the opportunity to promote other local brands during the show. Each episode begins with an original drink recipe featuring a local beer, wine, or spirit.
“The Sweet Life of Steve” is produced by Schoolhouse Farmhouse Studio, based in Cordova.
The first episode of The Sweet Life of Steve drops September 24th. It can be found on YouTube at bit.ly/SweetLifeOfSteve or by searching “Steve Konopelski.”
Steve Konopelski is the executive chef and co-owner of Turnbridge Talbot, a bake shop on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Konopelski has been seen on Food Network (Season 1 winner of Haunted Gingerbread Showdown and Season 2 runner up of Holiday Baking Championship), and has had wedding cakes featured in “The Knot,” “Brides,” and “Martha Stewart.” Konopelski graduated from the Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, before moving his talents to Broadway. After studying the art of French Pastry at the French Culinary Institute in NY and graduating top of his class, Konopelski worked at some of the top fine dining restaurants in NY.