They Were Stars - Pilot
a child, Pilot always knew he would hit it big one day. Interestingly,
his road to fame took many twists and turns before arriving
at Farscape. Seven years ago, Pilot was a little known cook
for IHOP in Leesburg,
Florida eking out a living making pancakes. Leesburg is
about as far from Hollywood one can get, but Pilot knew his
stint at IHOP would be his ticket to fame. Diligently practicing
his pancake cooking skills to perfection, he entered the Greater
Lake County Pancake Flip-off in May 1995.
the judges with not only the quality of the pancakes, but
the quantity as well, Pilot won first place at the contest.
Controversy arose when some contestants questioned whether
Pilot's ability to flip 473 pancakes simultaneously had impressed
the judges more than the taste of the food. Sour grapes aside,
Pilot went on to be quite a celebrity in central Florida that
1998, Pilot --the Mr. Pancake Flipping King of the Planet
winner-- was attracting the attention of talent scouts from
around the world. Courted by agents representing such high
profile organizations as Microsoft, Betty Crocker, and the
Harlem Globetrotters, Pilot's dream finally came true with
a simple phone call. Rockne S. O'Bannon, the creator of Farscape,
was on the other end of the line and the rest is history.
to Before They Were Stars
humble beginnings as a pancake cook at this International
House of Pancakes Pilot rose to fame and fortune.
always knew Pilot would do great things one day. When he left
I had to hire 14 employees just to replace him. He was the
former boss, Ralph Jennings, IHOP manager
Mr. Pancake Flipping King of the Planet, Pilot used his influence
to help people around the world. In this photo Pilot is seen
visiting children of Bosnia in June 1998.