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Cable Show 'Fired' Up About New Pacifica Eatery

Surf Spot's pig roast to be featured on The Cooking Channel’s “Man, Food & Fire” in October. A Pacifica Patch blog post led to the newly-opened Pacifica eatery's getting featured on national cable show.

It was on the eve of perhaps one of Pacifica’ most eagerly anticipated restaurant that chef/owner Derek Burns submitted a last month describing the cultural significance of a Kalua pig roast with a video of a friend showing how easy it is to prepare the Hawaiian delicacy.

Little did Burns know that the post would find its way to the screen of a cable network producer.

The producer contacted Burns, telling him “I think I want to do a story on ‘this guy.’ ” 

“This guy” was Darin Peterson, a charismatic Pacifica resident and friend of Burns with Polynesian ties who was a perfect fit for "Man, Food & Fire," a program that launches later this year on The Cooking Channel.

And as it happened, Burns’ “Surf Spot,” a coastal playground that’s part gourmet eatery and part amphitheater, was just about to open its doors.

More important, Surf Spot features a underground oven designed for pig roasts.

“It’s all about cooking with real fire,” Burns said.

“(Peterson) needed a place to do his demonstrations and I happened to have built a Hawaiian style underground oven. That’s the traditional way to cook a real Kalua pig - the whole pig in a fire pit.”

The Cooking Channel of about 10 to Surf Spot on a packed Saturday, four days after the restaurant’s opening. The crews spent the entire weekend filming the new Pacifica hot spot.

“It was wild,” Burns said. “Customers thought it was cool because we had a full on luau going on out there with Polynesian dancers; so it was really cool.

“It was a pretty extraordinary day.”

Burns acknowledged that accommodating the film crew’s demands along with the hundreds of customers that packed his restaurant over the weekend took an extraordinary effort from his staff.

Burns said that he’s hopeful the show will generate some publicity for his restaurant venture later this year, when the buzz surrounding the opening dies down.

Surf Spot features delicacies from exotic surfing destinations around the world and an outdoor music venue that seats 250. The restaurant is the culmination of six years of preparation for Burns, a renowned Bay Area chef and longtime surfer who’s lived in Pacifica for 13 years.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am that the community at large, and even beyond (Pacifica) has embraced this restaurant,” Burns said.

“It shows me that what I’ve built here was something that was needed by the community, and I intend for this to be an iconic Pacifica business that will last for decades.”

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Gabriela Segovia-McGahan June 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Congratulations, Derek and Darin! I don't have a TV but I can't wait to catch this episode. Hope they put it online.
Maiz Puerro June 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Congratulations!!! I ate there yesterday. WOW! and YUM! Plus the service was impeccable, particularly the water service. I know that is a minor detail, but it's important to me. LOVED the bacon wrapped dates.
Erika Rigling June 30, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Great lunch yesterday at Surf Spot!...I took my housemate, Mary there for her birthday. The quattro pizza was excellent..six pieces divided between the two of us. Then we had the Waldorf Chicken Salad...also THE BEST!...Lot's of grapes and walnuts and chicken... I thought it needed a bit more apple..and maybe chilled more...but absolutely wonderful. Since the chocolate cake had already been consumed by the earlier crowd, we had Mary's favorite the trio cookies and blueberry ice cream with a candle in it to celebrate...a wonderful lunch. Thanks for bringing us this new restaurant venue...Pacifica needs this!!!!!

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