A Moveable Feast With America’s Favorite Chefs

Sat, 02/28/2009 - 11:30am

(l-r) Chris Kimball (America’s Test Kitchen), José Andrés (Made In Spain), Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Italy), Ming Tsai (Simply Ming), Ruth Reichl (Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie), and Rick Bayless (Mexico—One Plate at a Time).

Andy Ryan

Public television is home to some of the country’s top culinary stars. Now, for the first time, six of those stars are coming together to serve up a mouthwatering menu in A Moveable Feast With America's Favorite Chefs, airing Saturday, February 28 at 11:30 a.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1). The special salutes cooking traditions across the globe and represents the diversity of food and culture that make America the world’s great melting pot.  

In the spirit of a progressive dinner, each chef cooks up a single course to create a complete moveable feast that starts with appetizers and ends with dessert. Featured public television culinary experts and their series include:

Ming Tsai                     Simply Ming
Ruth Reichl                  Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie
Lidia Bastianich          Lidia’s Italy
Rick Bayless               Mexico—One Plate at a Time
José Andrés               Made In Spain
Chris Kimball             America’s Test Kitchen

“We’re thrilled to bring these chefs together for the first time to share their version of a pot luck dinner with PBS viewers,” says executive producer Laurie Donnelly. “With dishes that range in difficulty from kitchen novice to culinary expert, there’s something for everyone. We hope our moveable feast inspires viewers to roll up their sleeves and share some of their own favorites with family and friends.”

A Moveable Feast With America's Favorite Chefs first heads to Blue Ginger, Ming Tsai’s restaurant in Boston. Master of East-West cuisine, Ming prepares ginger syrup, the basis for his golden ginger thaihito and ginger margarita. Then, Ruth Reichl picks up the tongs and presents some quick and tasty appetizers, including shrimp curry in lettuce leaves. Lidia Bastianich transports viewers to Italy with her delectable “primi” dish — one of her trademark pastas featuring freshly made pesto.

In Chicago, Rick Bayless — the man credited with helping to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to America — makes sure the carnivores don’t feel left out. He creates a memorable Mexican dish, Café Tacuba-style creamy chicken enchiladas. Then, for a recipe flown in all the way from Spain, José Andrés prepares a zesty Spanish dish — pork loin baked in sea salt with sliced Spanish-cured ham. And to end on a sweet note, Christopher Kimball brings the whole group back together for a skillet apple pie — a classic American dessert that can’t be beat.

A Moveable Feast With America's Favorite Chefs concludes with all six chefs sharing memorable stories and sampling each other’s dishes at a one-of-a-kind progressive dinner party.