It’s not quite a documentary, not quite a cooking show. The new PBS TV series Family Ingredients is a culinary travel TV series that tells unique stories by tracing the origins of a Hawaii dish to its roots around the world. Described by PBS as a joyful ode to farmers, food producers and families, the show is hosted by Ed Kenney, an acclaimed sustainability advocate and Oahu chef.
Kenney tells the stories of each dish beginning in the Hawaiian Islands, where big things are happening in the state’s dynamic culinary scene. Family Ingredients showcases Hawaii’s small town communities, diverse cultures, and exhilarating experiences that cross the Pacific Ocean. Kenney takes off with guests to explore Okinawa, Tahiti, California, Japan, Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands, showcasing how cuisine can profoundly unite cultures, communities and families.
“The show started out as a culinary adventure based on what I do daily as a chef–telling stories through food,” said Kenney. “I never realized that it would have such a strong impact on me.”
Family Ingredients is co-produced by Rock Salt Media Inc. and Pacific Islanders in Communications. The series is directed by Ty Sanga and produced by Heather H. Giugni, Renea Veneri Stewart and Dan Nakasone.
The Emmy Award winning show is scheduled to premiere on PBS Hawai‘i on June 22, 2016, and will be available on general release to PBS stations nationwide as of June 16, 2016. Check local listings.
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Photo of Ed Kenney: Renea Veneri Stewart/Family Ingredients