Bill Hufnagle

Bill Hufnagle, aka Biker Billy, is a columnist and gastronomic editor ofCruising Rider magazine and a frequent guest on national television, including Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, and CNN.  Billy, a master of chile-fueled cooking whose motto is “life’s too short to eat dull food,” is committed to getting people to play with their food, cook with fire, and ride safely.

The Burpee Seed Company honored Billy by naming a hot jalapeño after him—The Biker Billy Jalapeño— making him the only biker in the world with a plant named after him.  He was also featured on the November-December 2000 cover of Chile Pepper Magazine, which called him “the Johnny Appleseed of the pepper world.”  He is the recipient of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) 1998 Media Award for improving the image of motorcycling and of the American Motorcycle Association’s (AMA) 1999 Most Valued Person award.  The AMA also created the Most Valued Pepper Award for the pepper and his work with Burpee.

Biker Billy hosted the syndicated television cooking show Biker Billy Cooks with Fire for six years, which reached 6.7 million homes in the United States. His television show was part of the 100 Years of Motorcycle in Film, which was a companion to the Guggenheim Museum’s Art of the Motorcycle exhibit in New York City. He is the author of two previous cookbooks.  When he’s not riding his 1996 fuel-injected Harley-Davidson Road King Police Bike (FLHP-I) or his 2000 Buell S3T, Billy’s at home in Asheville, North Carolina.

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