Create Your Own Cooking Show

February 9, 2016

No resume required, just cooking knowledge and the ability to convey it on screen.

Nicole Fleming
Create Your Own Cooking Show | WGBH | Craving Boston

If you’ve got culinary talent, stage presence, and a camera, your own web series with Create TV could be only a short video away. 

The lifestyle-focused TV network is hosting the Create TV Cooking Challenge, a national competition giving both home and professional chefs the chance to share their culinary expertise with a video of two minutes or less, featuring their favorite culinary tip, recipe, project or idea.

The winner will receive $1,000 to finance a web series with at least 10 episodes, each two minutes in length. The runner-up gets $250 to finance a shorter series with three episodes.

The judging panel will feature:

Create Your Own Cooking Show | WGBH | Craving Boston

  • Jacques Pépin, internationally-recognized French chef and TV personality
  • Chris Kimball, host of America’s Test Kitchen and founder of Cook’s Illustrated
  • Pati Jinich, host of Pati’s Mexican Table
  • Chef Irie, host of Taste the Islands
  • Sara Moulton, host of Everyday Family Dinners and former on-air food editor for Good Morning America
  • Cynthia Fennemen, CEO of American Public Television, which owns Create TV

Create Your Own Cooking Show | WGBH | Craving Boston

Judges will base their decisions on the following criteria: 40 percent demonstrated knowledge of the food; 30 percent ability to present ideas clearly in the allotted time; 20 percent telegenic appeal and charisma; 10 percent unique idea, recipe or tip, and accompanying visualizations.

Videos are submitted by uploading on YouTube and then completing a submission form on the Create TV website. Be sure to check out the submission guidelines and official rules. For instance, no brand names should be mentioned or visible in the video. And as the submission instructions encourage, “have fun!”

Submissions open on February 8 and close February 29, with the judging period beginning February 16 and ending March 25. Winners will be notified between April 1 and April 12.

Nicole Fleming is the author of The Girl Who Ate Boston food blog. Follow her on Twitter @GirlEatsBoston.


  • February 6, 2016