Reality came to Boot Hill Museum Tuesday when a television production company stopped by to film scenes for a new cooking program.
The show, "Just Chefs Race," pits a team of British chefs agains a team of United States chefs in a race across the country. The teams have to face culinary and financial challenges along the way in an effort to bring home the victory.
"We knew the production crew was coming to film the segment where they announce the next challenge," said Lara Brehm, executive director of the museum.
"But we didn't know the U.S. team would decide to stay here to complete their challenge."
The teams are headed to Wichita and then Oklahoma City as they compete, but the U.S. team, when they learned about the new challenge, decided to try their luck in Dodge City.
The challenge involved creating five typical British dishes using recipes provided by their opponents, finding food and finding a place to cook it, rounding up a crowd to come to the museum and selling the food they've prepared.
"We weren't able to use any way of recruiting people for them except word of mouth and a few e-mails to friends. No Facebook or Twitter," Brehm said.
In order to bring in customers, one member of the team borrowed a costume from the museum and hit the streets to drum up business.
Brian Weber, 119th District Representative, was among the locals who heard about the event and stopped by to try the food.
"I tried everything," Weber said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. "Some of it was great; some was unique."
For Weber the food was secondary.
"This was, in addition to a real good time, a chance to expose chefs from all over the country to Boot Hill and it will be a chance to show Boot Hill to the entire BBC America audience. Anytime we can get that kind of positive recognition, it's a good thing," he said.
Those who attended the event paid $18 for the opportunity to sample six typical British dishes prepared by the American team: fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, shepherd's pie, toad in the hole, spotted dick (a steamed pudding with dried fruit) and triffle.
Brehm, an admitted Food Network junkie, recognized at least three of the chefs from episodes of shows like "Chopped."
Brehm spent the day with the cast and crew of the show and learned a little something about how such shows are produced.
"They were all being filmed all day long," she said. "Everything is filmed; there are no breaks. Nothing goes on without being filmed."
The show will air on BBC America in the fall.
Page 2 of 2 - "The production team has promised us a complete press packet as the show gets ready to air," Brehm said.