Press Release

Kevin Belton is back for another round of fun and cooking instruction in a new public television series from WYES- TV, New Orleans. KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN follows the success of his first 26-part series that introduced the popular 6’ 9” chef to viewers across the nation last year. NEW ORLEANS COOKING WITH KEVIN BELTON, distributed by American Public Television in 2016, has been seen coast to coast and in Canada on individual stations and the public television lifestyle network Create TV.

In 26 new episodes produced in a reimagined kitchen at WYES, Chef Belton will continue to mine the rich food traditions of his hometown. For the custom kitchen, the WYES production team tapped into the chef’s roots for a Creole cottage design that is distinctively New Orleans. During construction of the new space, the designers repurposed materials from the first series, giving a second life to the warehouse loft featured in NEW ORLEANS COOKING. The vintage elements and upcycle features of the new set help create a Big Easy vibe that is the ideal backdrop for Chef Belton’s tasty fare.

Recognized as one of the top thirty Louisiana chefs by the American Culinary Federation, Chef Belton will again explore the wide mix of cultures that contributed to the distinctive food of New Orleans. This time delving into the city’s diverse culinary influences, including Cuban and Vietnamese.

The new series will showcase the food of the city, with an emphasis on the bounty of ingredients available in the local pantry – from coffee, to seafood, to citrus and more. In NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN Chef Belton will continue his mission: teaching home cooks the hallmarks of New Orleans’ flavorful cuisine while letting the good times roll Kevin-style.

About WYES

WYES was founded in 1953 on one fundamental idea: that education could be enhanced and made available to all through technology. It was the first public television station serving Louisiana and Mississippi, the 12th in the nation, and is the most utilized non-profit organization in our two states with over a half-million people using our broadcasts, outreach activities and web site each week. It charges no fees, constructs no barriers as it strives to be the most accessible educational, artistic and cultural resource in southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. To learn more about WYES, visit wyes.org.

About APT

NEW ORLEANS COOKING WITH KEVIN BELTON is distributed to public television stations nationwide by American Public Television. American Public Television (APT) has been a leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations since 1961. For 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U. S. Among its 300 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Rick Steves’ Europe, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, Vera, NHK Newsline, Lidia’s Kitchen, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home join numerous documentaries and performance programs popular with public television viewers. APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Now in its 10th year, Create® TV — featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming — is distributed by APT. APT also distributes WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

WYES MEDIA CONTACT: 

Aislinn Hinyup, WYES Promotion Manager, (504) 838-0364, ahinyup@wyes.org