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Create Your Own Cooking Show

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

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.

  • February 6, 2016

This Kitchen Is in the Business of Empowering Local Entrepreneurs

CommonWealth Kitchen is a food incubator that's launching careers and bringing delicious food to underserved areas of Boston.

This Kitchen Is in the Business of Empowering Local Entrepreneurs | WGBH | Craving Boston

Formerly known as CropCircle Kitchen, CommonWealth Kitchen (CWK) is part of a growing food innovation movement taking place in the Boston area. For culinary entrepreneurs, CWK offers shared commercial kitchens and business assistance at their Dorchester and Jamaica Plain locations.

  • January 22, 2016

Boston's "Top Chef" Contestants Are Loyal to the Local

Back after a rollicking filming schedule for Bravo's "Top Chef" Season 13, chefs Karen Akunowicz and Carl Dooley talk about their favorite places around town to eat, drink and shop. 

Boston's "Top Chef" Contestants Are Loyal to the Local | WGBH | Craving Boston

Fans of the show “Top Chef” are thrilled that two current competitors are Boston’s own. Karen Akunowicz, executive chef at Myers + Chang in the South End, and Carl Dooley, chef at his new restaurant, The Table, in North Cambridge, are back home after filming Season 13, which took “cheftestants” on a six-city road trip through California. Neither can reveal the outcome — no spoilers!

  • January 19, 2016

Meet the Organizer Extraordinaire of the Boston Wine Expo

Reta Martin makes sure hundreds of international winemakers (and their wines) arrive every year to Boston's largest wine show at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. 

Meet the Organizer Extraordinaire of the Boston Wine Expo | WGBH | Craving Boston

On President’s Day weekend, ten thousand attendees will surge into Boston’s Seaport District for the Boston Wine Expo, now in its 25th year at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. Enthusiasts and members of the wine trade go to sniff, swirl and taste nearly 1,800 wines, poured by more than 200 wineries from all over the globe.

  • January 8, 2016

Soul Warming And Savory Kale? It's A Real Thing

Portuguese-Americans know nothing beats a bowl of kale soup. 

Kale soup

Here in Massachusetts, locals have been crazy for kale long before it became fashionable. By now you may think you’ve experienced its dark leafy goodness in every form, but have you had a hot cup of kale? No, it’s not the latest green juice fad. I’m talking about cozying up with a bowl of soul-warming, savory kale soup. A local staple composed of just a few fresh ingredients, it's very simple to make. But if you ask anyone of Portuguese descent for their family recipe, you can be sure it’s not the same as their neighbor’s. The one thing everyone can agree on?

  • January 7, 2016

Craving Cuba? Bostonians Report Back on What to Eat in Havana

We left our typical barstool beat to explore the rum-soaked culinary culture, with tips on where to find the best Cuban food in Boston.

Craving Cuba? Bostonians Report Back on What to Eat in Havana | WGBH | Craving Boston

“Put rum on it,” our tour guide Manny advised as we headed from the Havana airport to the Miramar district. At the invitation of Berklee College Professor William Banfield, we had abandoned our local belly-up regimen for a week in Cuba, where a dose of “vitamin R” in all iced drinks was the recommended way to savor a signature product and combat potential digestive hazards. At our hotel, we were greeted with a typical Cuban welcome — individual glasses of mixings (daiquiri in this case)

  • January 6, 2016

#SquashGoals and Other Tasty Tips for a Healthy 2016

Forget deprivation. Focus on eating more of the good stuff. Here are 5 foods to add to your daily diet for a healthier you in the new year.

#SquashGoals and Other Tasty Tips for a Healthy 2016 | WGBH | Craving Boston

"This year I'm going to lose weight."

"I'm going to eat healthy."

"I'm going to give up all things caloric and carby and sweet!"

How many times have we all said this? Or rolled our eyes listening to someone else say that when the clock strikes midnight they will become an entirely different person (and eater)?

This year, don't make vague, unrealistic promises that are impossible to keep.  Focus on the good stuff - eating food!

  • December 30, 2015

5 Tips to Avoid Santa-Like Holiday Weight Gain

Enjoy all the merriment, minus a "belly that shakes when you laugh, like a bowl full of jelly."

5 Tips to Avoid Santa-Like Holiday Weight Gain | WGBH | Craving Boston

The holidays are a wonderful time of year for food lovers. But while trying to stay healthy, there are tempting treats everywhere: office parties, holiday dinners and that sweet neighbor who brings cookies to your door. 

It’s fine to indulge a little in this festive season. But the reality is casual noshing along the way could pack on the pounds. Here are 5 tips to keep the bulge off this holiday season:     

1. Jot it down

  • December 15, 2015

Fast, Fresh Food In Brighton

After her stint on the Food Network's "Chopped", chef Renita Mendonca is still living life in the fast lane, with a catering business and a new Mediterranean restaurant.

Beef is spiced then seared on a grill, delicious on salad greens with toppings like pickled red cabbage and carrot slaw with golden raisins. (Photo: courtesy of Renita Mendonca)

When you ask Renita Mendonca what it was like to participate in one of television’s most arduous chef competitions, she does not hesitate. “It was great!” she exclaims. “I loved the challenge the most, the competition itself.”

  • December 14, 2015

Lidia Bastianich Talks New Book and Boston Event

More than four decades into her career, the PBS chef is still all about connecting with the home cook.

Lidia Bastianich Talks New Book and Boston Event | WGBH | Craving Boston

It's hard to keep up with Lidia Bastianich. The chef and entrepreneur is a partner in some of New York City's best restaurants, has penned several best-selling books and has a line of food products; on top of all that, she's an Emmy award-winning television personality, whose presenting station happens to be WGBH!

  • December 10, 2015

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