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New reality TV shoot takes Fort Worth food and culture to extremes

New reality TV shoot takes Fort Worth food and culture to extremes

Fort Worth Stockyards
If you see cameras in the Stockyards, be sure to wave. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth CVB

Don't mind the guy scarfing a platter of calf fries under bright lights and big cameras. It's just Henry “Nacho” Laun, doing his thing for a new reality TV show that will feature some Fort Worth hot spots.

Until September 1, Fort Worth production company Desert Wind Films is filming a docu-style series with Laun called Nacho Extreme Texas in various locations around the city. Want a chance at photo bombing them? On August 29, they're filming in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Laun is best known from his work on the A&E show Wahlburgers, which follows singer-actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's older brother, Paul, and his adventures running a burger joint that bears the family name.

"Famous for eating golf divot burgers and mass quantities of Tabasco, Laun is known from his five seasons on Wahlburgers for his fun-loving antics and extreme eating stunts as a member of Mark Wahlberg’s entourage," says a news release. "Nacho Extreme Texas brings this fearless 'fish out of water' to the Lone Star State for a season of fun, food, music, and Texan culture."

They forgot "stereotypical" before "Texan culture." 

“Each episode will feature a truly Texan activity, from branding cattle to target practice to bull riding in the Coliseum,” says Josh Mills, the show's director/producer and a Fort Worth native, in the release. "Nacho" will also be joined by a notable chef, who will help bring the extreme eating into each show, "taking viewers on a journey from the hunt to the harvest to the plate," he says.

The word “Extreme” in the title doesn't necessarily mean "as large as your car or excessive as the DFW pollen count," in this case. It means "discovering exotic, native cuisine," they say. Nacho will be eating frog legs, beetles, alligator, calf fries, and more.

"Each episode ends with a perfect Texas cocktail, set to live, red dirt music," they say, adding that one episode will focus on Texas wine — so, cheers to that.

Nacho will be joined by various guests on his adventures, including sitting shotgun with T-Roy Broussard (Swamp People) while riding high on an airboat through the swamps of the Neches River, or floating on a jon boat at midnight with Tim Guraedy, aka Mountain Man of Duck Dynasty fame.

The show is slated to premiere in the fall, the production company says.