Emmy-Profitable Docuseries ‘The Migrant Kitchen’ Widens Scope to the Whole Nation

Under a glowing orange light in an industrial kitchen, a bald Taiwanese chef holds two pieces of fish on a small skewer, about to put it over an open flame in in a wooden box.
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The PBS collection highlights progressive cooks throughout the U.S. who’ve been impressed by the immigrant expertise

You won’t instantly affiliate Portland, Oregon, with Russian meals. Likewise, agricultural sustainability might be not the very first thing that involves thoughts once you consider the struggle for independence in Puerto Rico. That can change, nevertheless, after you watch The Migrant Kitchen, the PBS SoCal award-winning docuseries that’s devoted to exploring and celebrating the cooks who’re impressed by their cultures’ oft ignored foodways.

Beforehand targeted on cooking solely in California, season 4 of The Migrant Kitchen widens with episodes primarily based in Brooklyn, New York; Houston; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon, and Puerto Rico.

On Wednesday, KCET — the California PBS affiliate that produced the collection with meals publication Life and Thyme — introduced:

Combining conventional cuisines and a fusion of flavors and strategies, the brand new season explores the kitchens of those that have remodeled the culinary panorama of America. From the origins of Korean meals in Brooklyn to some thrilling Russian fare served up within the Pacific Northwest, new episodes of the James Beard Award nominated collection additionally have fun the meals cultures of Puerto Rico and Houston. The brand new season kicks off with an episode exploring Southern California’s personal chef Jon Yao, the winner of the 2021 Michelin Younger Chef Award for his Taiwanese restaurant Kato which he opened when he was simply 25.

Along with Yao, episodes characteristic Bonnie Morales of Portland’s Kachka, José Enrique of Jose Enrique Restaurant in San Juan, Chris Williams of Lucille’s and Jonny Rhodes of Indigo, each in Houston, and Brooklyn’s Jenny Kwak of Haenyeo and Sohui Kim from Insa.

These of us outdoors of southern California can stream The Migrant Kitchen on PBS.org, the free PBS app, kcet.org, and linktv.org. The primary new episode, “Los Angeles,” facilities Yao as he “mines wealthy traditions from his [Taiwanese] tradition and faucets farmers from his neighborhood for distinctive components, aiming to teach diners on the nuances of this distinctive delicacies.” It premieres January 25 on the KCET web site, January 29 on Hyperlink TV, and January 31 on PBS SoCal, PBS.org, and the PBS app.

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