[Market-farming] cooking show that connects food and farms

Errol Castens castens at peoplepc.com
Fri Jan 17 14:26:26 EST 2003


A new cooking demonstration show on public television that emphasizes
sustainable food production and close relationships between chefs and local
farmers will begin airing on most PBS stations in January.

"Chefs A' Field: Culinary Adventures That Begin on the Farm" features the
talents of the nation's most acclaimed chefs - and the farmers they rely
upon. Going beyond standard meal preparation, the program's 13 episodes take
viewers onto the farm for an over-the-shoulder view of chef-farmer
exchanges. Using high-definition production, the series explores the vital
relationship between top chefs and their food sources, tracing the origins
of great meals from the fields, forests, farms and waters of America. As the
chef and farmer interact, we see how environmental practices make a
difference in how foods taste and hold their nutritional value and the
benefits of seasonal and locally grown ingredients.

Once the chef makes his or her fresh selections, the show takes you back to
the restaurant, where the pros don their whites and get to work.

The half-hour programs begin airing nationwide in January. For a schedule of
local air times, go to www.chefsafield.com.

Every episode of Chefs A' Field showcases regional cuisine and is filled
with picturesque scenes shot at the peak of the seasonal harvest, from a
campaign to sell rutabaga in Virginia or a sea voyage in search of Bluefin
tuna off the coast of Cape Cod.

Distributed by American Public Television, "Chefs A' Field" was partly
supported by USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
program.






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