PBS Digital Studios has launched its food-focused, documentary-style YouTube channel PBS Zest as part of the studio’s “themed channel strategy,” which will bring together curated content from PBS member stations across the U.S.
The launch of the digital channel is intended to complement the American pubcaster’s on-air food and culture themed programming initiative.
Good Gumbo (pictured), PBS Zest’s first series, reveals how international cultures that inspired well-known southern dishes in Louisiana, the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf South influenced more than just regional cuisine.
The series is inspired by PBS’s No Passport Required, and features interviews with major figures in Southern food culture. Each of the seven episodes, hosted by Louisiana chef Philip Lopez, run between eight to 12 minutes.
Programs headed to the channel will use a “documentary-style approach” to explore American culture and identity through food. PBS Zest will also release new episodes of the Sheril Kirshenbaum-hosted Serving Up Science, which offers science-backed cooking tips.
“Food universally connects people from all walks of life and we’re excited to present stories on PBS Digital Studios that strengthen those connections,” Brandon Arolfo, head of PBS Digital Studios, said in a statement. “By delivering a slate of food-related content that is educational, entertaining and informative, PBS Zest will satisfy viewers’ hunger for cultural experiences with its unique look at food, history, travel and tradition.”