The Great American Recipe on PBS celebrates the diversity of the American palate

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Set to air in the Summer of 2022, The Great American Recipe food television show on PBS takes the food conversation in a different direction. While culinary competitions fill the screen, this new take looks to highlight regional home cooks signature dishes.

With the help of judges, Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot, the celebrity chefs look to impart their culinary knowledge to the home cooks who are hungry to learn. In addition, the eight-part series is hosted by Alejandra Ramos.

If the judges’ names sound familiar, they should be. Beyond the Michelin Stars, numerous awards and other accolades, all three chefs have been featured on culinary competitions previously. From Top Chef to the Today Show, these chefs are at the top of their game.

More importantly, each chef brings a unique point of view to The Great American Recipe. As Leah Cohen, chef and owner of New York’s Pig & Khao Restaurant, said “As a chef with Filipino and Romanian-Jewish heritage, I have always loved to create dishes that blend cultural influences, and I am proud to be part of a unique series that will celebrate the wonderful diversity of our nation’s cuisine.”

How will The Great American Recipe showcase American cuisine’s multi-culturism?

The Great American Recipe is more than just another culinary competition. The concept seems to spark a conversation on the ultimate melting pot of food that “Americana” has become. Whether or not people can agree on the All-American Hot Dog or a version of meat of potatoes is not the point. This show seems to celebrate the creativity and connection that comes from food and culture.

As Alejandra Ramos said, “I have always understood American food to be an ever-evolving conversation between the flavors and recipes of our ancestors—wherever they may be from, the influence of our geography and neighbors, and the unique ideas and creativity each of us brings to the kitchen.”

From the home cook to the celebrated chef, food is that universal language that brings people together. While names for ingredients might be different or cooking techniques might vary, the truth is that food tells a story beyond the plate. It is a slice of history, a flavor to remember and an invitation to explore what is possible.

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The Great American Recipe is set to air on PBS in the summer of 2022. The show is currently in casting. It will be available on PBS, and the PBS Video app.