DIY Network’s ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’ Spotlights AGA Kitchen Appliances
Shortly after learning ‘The Vanilla Ice Project‘ specified a suite of our kitchen appliance for the premier show, our office was inundated with calls from print, radio and television news outlets requesting interviews to cover the story, like this write-up from The Grand Rapids Business Journal.
Appliance maker stars on DIY Network’s ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’
By Mike Nichols
An appliance maker’s kitchen set will star on the DIY Network’s home improvement reality show “The Vanilla Ice Project” on Saturday night.
“The Vanilla Ice Project” will feature appliances by the luxury appliance maker on the show’s season premiere at 10:30 p.m.
The episode, titled “The Killer Kitchen,” is shot in a 3,000-square-foot home on an Olympic water-skiing lake in Lake Worth, Fla.
“Vanilla Ice and his crew flip the bombed-out kitchen and dining room into a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen,” according to the DIY Network.
The episode features several AGA kitchen appliances: a three-oven AGA Total Control Range cooker, a 72” Marvel Professional side-by-side refrigerator and freezer and an AGA Professional dishwasher.
The episode, starring host Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, shows the progress of the kitchen renovation.
The kitchen is also taken for a culinary test drive by Vanilla Ice and a local restaurateur, Chef Chris Hirsh. Chef Guy Fieri also makes a guest appearance on the episode.
Request for a kitchen
AGA found its way onto the show after the show’s producers contacted Leah Kalemba, AGA brand manager, regarding a specific request from Van Winkle for the “industry’s largest refrigerator and freezer configuration.”
Van Winkle discussed with Kalemba his first experience with AGA on the U.K. television series "The Farm," Kalemba said. He was interested in the latest AGA Total Control range cooker, which features touchscreen controls and a remote that allows cooks to turn each oven and hotplate on and off as they need it.
Their conversation led to Van Winkle’s invitation to Kalemba to come on set and feature AGA's appliances on the show.