Purviance has appeared on top national television shows including Today, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, and The Oprah Winfrey Show—as well as on PBS, CNN, the History Channel, and the Food Network. As a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines, he has helped millions of people grill like professionals. Purviance is also certified by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and has judged many prestigious grilling competitions, including the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
Purviance lives in Sacramento with his wife and three children. He cooks almost every day on at least one of his six grills.