A British film crew spent Monday afternoon in Arlington's own , a business that's made it a priority to bring New Orleans flavor — and traditions — to the bustling Courthouse neighborhood.
The focus of the shoot was the bakery's king cake, which is to Mardi Gras what pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving. Owner and Chef David Guas talked about the making and history of the king cake to James Martin, host of the upcoming British television show "United Cakes of America."
The cream cheese-filled cake is a New Orleans staple between Jan. 6 and Ash Wednesday and often has a plastic baby inside. Whoever ends up with the trinket buys the next cake.
Guas said his business will not make the cake for customers outside of the carnival season. The cake is topped with traditional Mardi Gras colors — gold, green and purple, which stand for power, faith and justice, respectively.
Guas' king cake has been named one of the top three of its kind in the country by the Washington Post, according to the video shoot list for the show. He has been featured on "The Today Show" and twice been a finalist for CNN-Food & Wine's "The People's Best New Chef in America," the document states.
The 15-show "United Cakes of America" will air early next year on Britain's Good Food Channel, which is affiliated with the BBC. The show should subsequently be aired in the United States, Assistant Producer Claire Wilks said.