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Food Network to plate “The Cupcake Guys Training Camp” with ex-NFLers

Discovery-owned Food Network is set to profile former NFL players linebacker Brian “Rak” Orakpo and safety Michael “Griff” Griffin as they step off of the grid iron and into the ...
January 15, 2021

Discovery-owned Food Network is set to profile former NFL players linebacker Brian “Rak” Orakpo and safety Michael “Griff” Griffin as they step off of the grid iron and into the kitchen in The Cupcake Guys Training Camp.

Produced by Michael Strahan’s SMAC Entertainment, Spoke Studios, ITV America and The Story Lab, the hour-long documentary special will follow the retired University of Texas and Tennessee Titans players as they attempt to exploit their newfound passion: cupcakes. Griffin serves as head backer, Orakpo as lead cupcake decorator and lifelong friend “Little Bryan” Hynson handles the business side of the Austin, Texas-based bakery.

Executive produced by Strahan, The Cupcake Guys Training Camp, the football players-turned-bakers will help three aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their baking dreams. Provided with a baking truck and coaching from Rak, Griff and Little Bryan, each contestant will be tested on their baking and selling skills over a 48-hour period.

The last baker standing is awarded a seed money investment into their business.

Food Network will premiere The Cupcake Guys Training Camp on Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. ET/PT. The special will also be made available across Discovery’s nascent streaming service, Discovery+, the same day.

“The Cupcake Guys captivated us with their national commercial where the big guys donned pink aprons and decorated little cupcakes – and we’ve been wanting to get an inside look at their business ever since,” said Food Network president Courtney White in a statement.  “These lifelong friends are funny and competitive and they bring all the talent, skill and dedication they had on the gridiron to the bakery every day.”

“I’ve known Rak and Griff a long time and love that they followed their passion from professional football to cupcakes,” added Strahan. “They, along with their best friend Bryan Hynson, are the perfect team to mentor new entrepreneurs and send them on the path to success – and they are hilarious.”

Photo credit: Food Network

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