WEB EXCLUSIVE: Local business owner gets a shot on Food Network series

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — In the summer months, Colorado Fruit Designs focuses on producing chocolate covered fruits and various fruit designs, but when the fall and winter seasons roll around, the focus shifts to pumpkins and ice sculptures.

“It’s like a flower shop but everything we do is edible,” says Willy Tuz, the owner of Colorado Fruit Designs.

But some items are such incredible works of art, you wouldn’t dare eat them– especially Willy’s spooky pumpkins. He’s been carving for 16 years, and he’s about to get his big break. “I’m going to be on Food Network, the show is called Outrageous Pumpkins,” says Willy.

This pumpkin carving competition show features some serious talent. The network picks just seven contestants from all over the country, and Willy feels blessed to be one of those seven, hand-picked contestants. He has been recognized for his talents before, but never on a stage like this.

“This is the biggest one, this is a stage for what we do, the biggest stage that you have… a chance to showcase your work. This is not a local or national thing, it’s worldwide… my family in Mexico will get to see that,” says Willy.

After all that awesome exposure on national television, Willy hopes to win the 25,000 dollar prize for the most creative, spookiest pumpkin.

You can cheer Willy on from your couch starting September 13th at 10/9 PM Central Time on the Food Network. Its a four episode series.

If you want to visit Willy’s store, Colorado Fruit Designs in the Mesa Mall, click here for details on hours and the store’s location.

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