In this month's media watch we put the spot light on
a new cooking program currently be aired on PBS - Chefs
The series explores the origins of our food in a documentary-style
cooking experience, unlike any other to date.
Praised by master chef Julia Child for its "wonderful
and refreshing focus," this new tour-de-force cooking
series takes viewers on a glorious culinary journey,
exploring the vital relationship between top chefs and
their food sources and tracing the origins of great
meals from the fields, forests, farms and waters of
The 13 half-hour programs began airing on public television
stations nationwide on January 4, 2003. Every episode
of Chefs A' Field showcases regional cuisine and is
filled with picturesque scenes shot at the peak of seasonal
harvest. Whether it is a visibility campaign to bolster
the under-appreciated rutabaga outside Washington, D.C.
or a sea voyage in search of Bluefin tuna off the coast
of Cape Cod, Chefs A' Field travels the nation in search
of great food and responsible growing practices.
Each episode starts with a well-known restaurant, travels
to the field and returns to the kitchen, where the ingredients
are magically transformed into some of the most delectable
dishes on the menus of America's finest restaurants.
As the chefs interact with local farmers and fishermen,
viewers see how environmental practices make a difference
in how foods taste and hold their nutritional value.
"I want to be able to take anything in my field and
at the end of the day put it on my table," says farmer
Jeff Boden, who supplies fresh produce for Chef Cory
Schreiber's renowned Wildwood restaurant in Portland,
Oregon. Through the pairing of a farmer and a chef,
viewers witness the relationship the two develop and
see how that affects the food we eat.
The chefs select the dishes they will prepare in front
of the camera. All recipes include fresh, locally grown
ingredients. From New York to San Francisco and from
Seattle to Atlanta, Chefs A' Field zips coast to coast
in pursuit of favorite restaurants, great chefs and
Chefs A' Field features top chefs including Patrick
O'Connell (The Inn at Little Washington), Nora Pouillon
(Nora-Washington D.C.), Traci Des Jardins (Jardiniere-San
Francisco), Frank Stitt (Highlands-Birmingham, AL),Cory
Schreiber (Wildwood-Portland, OR), Tom Douglas (Palace
Kitchen-Seattle), Odessa Piper (L'Etoile-Madison, WI),
Peter Hoffman (Savoy-New York), Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia/Float
Away Café-Atlanta), Stan Frankenthaler (Salamander-Boston),
Johnathan Sundstrom (Earth & Ocean-Seattle) and Rick
Moonen (Restaurant RM-New York).
More information, including a list of cities highlighted
in Chefs A' Field, is available on the series Web site,
To check for show times visit www.Tvguide.com