(Above: Chef Roy Choi. Source: YouTube)
Every celebrity chef seems to get a TV series at some point, but Roy Choi‘s first show, Broken Bread, is something different: an exploration of social justice issues as the L.A.-based chef visits area individuals and organizations who use food as a platform for social change.
The first half-hour episode, for example, focuses on the power of cooking to rehabilitate those on the margins of society. Choi, who first achieved fame with his Korean taco food truck, visits Homeboy and Homegirl Industries, which transitions former gang members from lives on the street to lives in kitchens; and Mar Diego, a drug dealer-turned-food entrepreneur whose pizza shop employing young people struggling with drug use and homelessness.
Five additional episodes will explore people bringing healthy and affordable food options into poor neighborhoods, future culinary landscapes in a world affected by climate change, the intersection of legalized cannabis with food culture, innovations in the field of food waste, and a look into food developments in Watts.
Episodes of Broken Bread will premiere Wednesdays through June 19, starting tomorrow on Tastemade TV, brokenbread.tv and the PBS app. They will also debut over the air in Los Angeles over KCET, channel 28, at 8:30 pm PT.
Tastemade TV has both free shows and a subscription streaming service that costs $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annually, each with a one-week free trial. For more info and a list of devices, visit tastemade.com.
For more on Broken Bread, visit brokenbread.tv.
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