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'Cook With Brooks' to premiere on AETN Jan. 7

Posted 05 Dec 2016

"Cook With Brooks" – a new weekly, documentary-style educational program with an emphasis on local farmers, restaurants, chefs and other interesting stories about food – will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Saturday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. Chef Steven Brooks of Bella Vista hosts this series that is dedicated to telling the whole story of food in Arkansas – 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.

'Eating local, it helps everybody from the person growing all the way to your fork at the dinner table,' Brooks said. 'We have a lot of great local farmers and families and stories to tell about those people.

'In this show, we're going to go out to farms, we'll talk to chefs, and we'll sit down and eat their fine dishes. I'm really excited – I think we have a great concept. I'm proud to be a part of AETN and to get an opportunity to show what I can do all over the state.'

Some of the topics 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).