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'Cook With Brooks' tells whole story of Arkansas food

Posted 03 Jan 2017

"Cook With Brooks" – a new weekly, documentary-style educational program dedicated to telling the whole story of food in Arkansas – will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Saturday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. Chef Steven Brooks of Bella Vista hosts the series that places an emphasis on local farmers, restaurants, chefs and other interesting stories about Arkansas food – showing us where it's from, how to make it and who shares it.

With more than 10 years of experience as an executive chef for various Arkansas restaurants and country clubs, Brooks has mastered the art of cooking. In his current executive chef position, he works on a daily basis with farms across Arkansas and connects them with the restaurants that want local, sustainable food. He is passionate about representing farmers, chefs and restaurants – and giving their stories a voice.

'I am all about local, because eating and buying locally means that your dollar stays in your community and lets the chefs, farmers and families in our state show off what they can do,' Brooks said. 'We are proud of what we are doing and to be a part of AETN.

'Through this program, we are capturing the stories that make up a vital part of Arkansas's No. 1 industry, agriculture, and we're also getting into the kitchen with these locally grown ingredients and making delicious dishes.' 

Episodes featured in the first season of 'Cook With Brooks' include:

'Cook With Brooks' airs Saturdays at 5 p.m. on AETN. Episodes and recipes are also available at aetn.org/cookwithbrooks.

'Cook With Brooks' is produced by Bod High Productions and presented by AETN. Brooks also hosted 'Cooking Today' on KNWA, and the program was awarded the Arkansas Broadcasters' Association's 2014 Outstanding Production of the Year.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).