The Wing King Drew Cerza live on air with Chef Bud Sizzlin Sauces

The Wing King: Drew Cerza

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They call him “The Wing King,” a title that’s well-deserved. Drew Cerza is, after all, the guy who started the world famous National Buffalo Wing Festival and has likely done more than anybody on the planet to promote chicken wings and the city of their birth: Buffalo, NY.

Over the past six years, the festival has attracted more than a half of a million people from throughout the U.S. and rest of the world…people who enjoy sampling the best from more than two dozen restaurants from around the country and the 100 different styles of chicken wings that are served every year. In case you’re wondering just how many wings that is, the answer is over one million. Along the way, Drew’s now famous festival has raised more than $95,000 for local charities.

With several successful chicken wing festivals “under his belt,” along with countless Buffalo Wings, of course, Drew set out in 2006 to celebrate another American food icon like nobody else can, by launching the first-ever National Hamburger Festival, in Akron, OH. In its very first year, this event drew 20,000 people and was featured on The Food Network’s hit series Unwrapped. Again, some of the proceeds of the festival went to charity, Akron’s Children’s Hospital.

Drew Cerza & his festivals have, in fact, drawn the attention of media throughout the world, including CNN, The Travel Channel, & The Food Network. Highlights include his appearance on NBC’S Today Show, where he taught host Matt Lauer the art of preparing the perfect chicken wing. Then, there was the PBS documentary featuring Drew & the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Most recently, he faced-off against Bobby Flay in a chicken wing cooking challenge. This episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flav resulted in a “win” for “The Wing King.”

Now considered the “Super Bowl” of the wing industry, Drew’s National Buffalo Wing Festival has also made him the “go-to guy” for information about chicken wings. And, “The Wing King” is now focused on cultivating his kitchen skills…even developing his own chicken wing sauces. He has a number of “Buffalo Wing” style foods in development, which he plans to sell under the “Buffalo Wing King Foods” label.

What Drew is perhaps most proud of, however, is what his endeavors have done for his beloved city of Buffalo, where he has become its best known ambassador. Says Drew, “I love Buffalo. It’s a great city, with awesome people & the best regional food in the country.”

This “love affair” is mutual, of course. The people of Buffalo & Western New York also love Drew Cerza, who has done much for the city’s image, and through his charitable contributions, much for its needy & disadvantaged families.

Speaking of families, Drew is very much the “family-man,” as well…helping his wife, Jodi, raise their two daughters, Nicole & Sydney in their suburban Buffalo home.

The first festival was held in 2002. Founder Drew Cerza, called “The Wing King” by The Buffalo News, was said to have modeled the event on a fictitious festival from the movie Osmosis Jones. Though it has been claimed that this is the first festival of its kind, WingStock on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo was held annually prior to the first National Buffalo Wing Festival.


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