Press Release

Chef Kevin Belton is back with a bang for an all-star line-up of festival fare in a new cooking series offered by WYES-TV and distributed to public television stations nationwide by American Public Television. KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS premieres on WYES-TV/Channel 12, New Orleans’ premier public television station, on Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. Each episode will repeat on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. on WYES.

The new 26-part cooking series produced in the Charlie & Janette Kornman Performance Studio is a smorgasbord of delicious creations inspired by the vibrant festivals of the city and surrounding region.

New Orleans is known as the Festival Capital of the World, hosting over 130 festivals each year that showcase the unique food and multicultural heritage of the city. In his new courtyard kitchen at WYES, Belton dishes up his twist on some of the city’s best-tasting food booth favorites from Breakfast Jambalaya to a Shrimp and Crab Burger.

Belton checks out some of the city’s top festivals, going on location to the Oyster Festival, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, Bastille Day Fete, Satchmo Summer Fest, and others. During these colorful segments, viewers will get a taste of New Orleans as the 6’9” chef chats with food vendors and mingles with festival goers.

Following the success of 2015’s “New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton” and the release in 2018 of “Kevin Belton’s New Orleans” Chef Belton has become a popular host on public television stations nationwide and on CreateTV. Recognized in 2018 as one of the Best Chefs of Louisiana by the American Culinary Federation and winner of a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award, Belton continues to explore the distinctive cuisine of his hometown in his new series.

National funding for KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS is provided by the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The series is produced by longtime WYES cooking series producer and writer Terri Landry. Executive Producer is Jim Moriarity. Associate Producer is Dawn Smith. Editor is Larry Roussarie.