Discovery Channel filming reality TV show in Gulfport

Discovery Channel filming reality TV show in Gulfport
Chef Dickensauge talks a contractor about the market under construction. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Chef Dickensauge talks a contractor about the market under construction. (Photo source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A reality TV show is being filmed in Gulfport. It spotlights a restaurant and its owners. This show is different, because it's not about screaming chefs. Instead, it's focused on how the restaurant is helping to freshen up the downtown area.

The owners of Corks and Cleaver have been busy not only working on expanding, but also starring in a brand new reality show.

"We were contacted by the Discovery Channel. They're doing a filming of basically some redoing of a downtown area," said chef David Dickensauge.

Dickensauge is part owner and operator of Corks and Cleaver. In February, he was approached by producers. They said they were interested in filming Dickensauge, along with his family and contractors as they made moves to expand the restaurant's reach by redoing the bottom floor of the building.

Dickensauge said the space below where his restaurant is located will be turned into a market offering everything from freshly baked breads to specialty meats. It will also include a large fish tank and open up into Fish Bone Alley. Dickensauge said filming has been almost nonstop.

"So when you do a reality show, it's not as quick as you think. It's all ad-libbed. It's not like a script. There is no script. They kind of walk you through a scene. So really it's another shot, another shot. So the lines always change and you're always thinking what are you going to say? How are you going to react," he said.

Ultimately, this chef and proud Gulfport native said he hopes to really spotlight how his hometown is growing and what it has to offer to a national audience.

"We have a national show filming my market, but what they are actually filming is Fish Bone Alley. That brings so much publicity, so much tourism dollars brought back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Dickensauge.

The name of the show is top secret for now. We're told it will likely air on the Discovery Channel this summer.

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