November 26, 2008 | 12:00am
Before The Food Network came along , there was Martin Yan, Jacques Pepin, Tommy Tang, Jeff Smith (a.k.a. The Frugal Gourmet) and of course, Julia Child.
As a kid, I watched their shows every Saturday morning on PBS's KCET 28 when other kids watched cartoons. I'd stare with rapt amusement at how Martin Yan's cleavers seem to move at a blur; how Julia Child turned raw ingredients into meals like it was magic.
None of today's Food Network "stars" are fit to carry their sauce pans*. But unfortunately, Rachael Ray and company have got the viewership and all the attention. PBS's shows have become a mere blip, if there was even a radar on it anymore.
So now, instead of Jacques and Julia teaching us the wonders of French cuisine, we get cooking shows that are actually about how to AVOID cooking (Sandra Lee's is the most egregious example). If it's not that, then it's either the umpteenth special on BBQ, hot dogs, or burgers. Other cuisines, and especially ethnic foods have been relegated to Bourdain and Zimmern's travel shows on the Travel Channel (both which I enjoy).
That still leaves out the ethnic cooking shows.
Enter a new program called "Taste of Korea" -- a cooking show that not only features Korean food, it's locally produced and will feature our very own Korean District in Garden Grove as a backdrop.
Catch it on KOCE 50 starting next week (see schedule below). Hopefully they'll inspire the next generation of food geeks!
KOCE-OC Mon, 12/01/2008 10:30:00
KOCE-OC Tue, 12/02/2008 11:00:00
KOCE-OC Wed, 12/03/2008 03:30:00
KOCE-OC Wed, 12/03/2008 01:00:00
KOCE-OC Fri, 12/05/2008 20:00:00
KOCE-OC Fri, 12/05/2008 15:30:00
KOCE-OC Sat, 12/06/2008 10:30:00
KOCE-OC Sat, 12/06/2008 03:00:00
KOCE-OC Sun, 12/07/2008 20:00:00
KOCE-OC Sun, 12/07/2008 02:30:00
*For the record: Alton Brown is still a God, the only exception to the rule.