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Chef Keith appeared on these shows over the holidays to promote his new cookbook, Leftovers Right, but the stations had no clue he was not a real chef. (Source: YouTube/FFF) Chef Keith appeared on these shows over the holidays to promote his new cookbook, Leftovers Right, but the stations had no clue he was not a real chef. (Source: YouTube/FFF)
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(RNN) – Right after the holidays, a pair of jokesters decided to pull a prank on five local TV stations in Wisconsin and Illinois.

"Chef Keith Guerke" appeared on the shows to promote his cookbook, Leftovers Right, and to demonstrate how to make Thanksgiving leftovers last.

But, Keith was not a real chef.

The brains behind the prank were Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, the creators of the Found Footage Festival, founded in 2004.

He incorporated many Turkey Day items into smoothies, ice cream cones and even "wraps" where he gets one TV personality to beat box for him.

Prueher said all the reporters but one tasted his concoctions.

"One anchor went for the 'Thanksgiving Cranberry Smoothie' right away, but it was only a little sip. She put on a brave face for the camera because it looked and smell disgusting," he said via email.

Prueher admits the food wasn't real holiday leftovers, it was actually KFC.

He seemed to shock some of the hosts with his comments throughout the segments, but they all seem to handle it well.

From comparing himself to GG Allin, to implying suicide rates are higher during the holidays because people are so worried about leftovers, no one seemed to catch on that he was a fake.

"All the newscasters thanked me at the end and wished me luck on my book signing. One of them even apologized to me for the segment not going better," Prueher said.

He said the idea came to him while coming up with ideas for promoting FFF.

"While we were back in our home state of Wisconsin over the holidays we thought it'd be fun to get on a morning show as somebody other than ourselves. And hell, a cooking segment on what to do with your holidays leftovers seemed like a slam dunk," he said.

According to their website, the FFF is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and Dumpsters across the country.

Before Chef Keith, Prueher and Pickett invented Kenny-Strasser, the yo-yo master, who went on morning shows claiming to be a trick champion, but of course, was everything but.

"It's more about me being a big idiot. A victimless crime," Prueher said.

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