I generally don’t publish a whole lot of television news. Never, actually. It’s a rat race to cover everything. So I tend to skip it all together. The company I work for doesn’t believe food shows are worth covering in their news department. I, on the other hand, feel that someone needs to cover it and get the word out there.
Last winter Cooking Channel aired a special called How to Live to 100. It was a cooking show hosted by Detroit-born chef, Jason Wrobel. It wasn’t your typical cooking show. It wasn’t about how to make the best spaghetti, fish taco, etc, etc. Jason tried to find the “superfoods” that could improve your life and make you live longer.
There was also a very silly sense of humor to it all. It was totally unlike anything else on television. The only other cooking show that had an element of comedy was Alton Brown’s Good Eats.
Shortly after the How to Live to 100 special aired, I began watching Jason Wrobel’s social media presence on and off, hoping for a sign that Cooking Channel had turned that backdoor pilot into a full series. It wasn’t until today that I learned about the series being greenlit.
I got a press release from Cooking Channel full of information on Jason’s new series. It will make its debut on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 9pmET/6pmPT. More information is below, including official descriptions of the first month of episodes.
Detroit-born chef Jason Wrobel dishes up a sublime fusion of food and humor as the host of How to Live to 100. Known as the “King of Superfoods,” Jason turns up the heat and whips them into culinary masterpieces. Along the way, Jason gets advice and inspiration from his spiritual food guru, Roshi Joe, and his best friend and lovely muse, Sunny – the characters in his sitcom-like life. Jason’s got the healthy foods to help viewers find the fountain of youth.
Premiering Friday, January 3rd at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Going Back to Cauli”
On his quest to unlock the power of cauliflower, Jason learns how this superfood contains important antioxidants and fights the buildup of toxins and inflammation in our body; all to keep illnesses at bay. Jason shows how scrumptious cauliflower can be with enticing dishes like Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” and Cauliflower Lentil Tacos. He visits Atlanta restaurant, Bhojanic, where he and chef Archna Becker whip up Alu Gobhi, a classic Indian dish.
Premiering Friday, January 10th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Attack of the Scrumptious Tomato”
Jason finds that tomatoes are the perfect superfood when it comes to eating for stronger bones and healthier skin. As an added bonus, the fiber in this magical fruit will do wonders for the waistline. With recipes like Peruvian Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes, Dessert Crepes with Strawberry Tomato Sauce, and Smoked Tomato Tacos that he creates with Jeffrey Gardner at Alma Cocina restaurant, Jason dishes out delicious recipes for a healthier lifestyle.
Premiering Friday, January 17th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Cuckoo for Coconuts”
Jason cracks open the coconut to learn all the good fortune this superfood has to offer. The coconut provides amazing longevity benefits by being a great source of fiber, boosting metabolism and giving people enough energy to keep going to age one hundred. Jason wows his friends and viewers with tasty and fresh recipes including Coconut Ceviche, Coconut Milk Risotto with AsparagusandCoconut Strawberry Banana Cream Pie. At Cakes & Ale restaurant in Decatur, Ga., Jason and chef David Sweeney dish up a light and refreshing Coconut Lime Vinaigrette Salad.
Premiering Friday, January 24th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Awash in Squash”
Jason discovers the powers of the ever-versatile squash family. These superfoods come in many types and colors and pack mighty protective benefits including protecting cells, vision and the immune system by squashing diseases. Jason creates healthy recipes like Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese, Spaghetti Squash Primavera and Stuffed Squash Blossoms. After a visit to see Chef Justin Jordan at Ecco, where they make a tasty Squash & Cucumber-Marinated Salad, Jason has viewers clamoring for more.