Healthy Lifestyle Blog

August 4, 2010

Finally… A TV Program that’s REALLY about Food!

OK. I admit it. I watch the Food Network from time to time, and am kind of hooked on the program, Chopped, a three-round elimination competition among 4 chefs who prepare 3 courses using ingredients provided in a mystery basket. I never seen a basket that had all vegan ingredients (except an occasional dessert basket). I wish there was a vegan version of this show… better yet, a RAW vegan version.

Unfortunately, most television shows about food focus  on competition between chefs, recipes for less than healthy meals, and/or food that comes from a plant (as in industrial plant, not the green kind). There was one recent exception, however. Food Revolution, which aired on prime time network TV, featured the work of Jamie Oliver, a British chef and recipient of a TED award. His project was to take on the school lunch program in Huntington, West Virginia, cited as the unhealthiest town in the US.  But the show was aired only for a few weeks, and I wonder if there will be any follow up to the work that he did.

Well, I just learned about a new 13-part documentary series that is in the making, called,  “Food Forward.” As described on the program website,

“Food Forward goes beyond celebrity chefs, cooking competitions, and recipes to reveal the compelling stories and inspired solutions envisioned by food heroes across America who are striving to create a more just, sustainable and delicious alternative to what we eat and how we produce it.”

The following video clip below is a segment from an episode on biodynamic agriculture featuring innovative chef David Kinch:

The creators of this documentary series are currently working hard to raise $125,000 to shoot their pilot episode. KQED in San Francisco has agreed to present Food Forward nationally on PBS upon successful completion of the pilot episode, which features urban agriculture in America.

Here is a trailer for the series:

For more information about this project or to donate to the completion of the pilot, please visit the Food Forward website.

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Marilyn Chiarello, founder of A Taste of Light, is a certified raw vegan chef, educator and health coach. She offers a variety of services including health coaching, classes, dinner parties, consultations and presentations. For more information, visit or contact her directly – or 516-671-7037.

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Filed under: Environment,Garden,Health,Nutrition — Marilyn @ 7:48 pm

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