PBS to debut new cooking series in September

Author and cook Sheri Castle will host ‘The Key Ingredient’

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Posted 8/24/21

PBS North Carolina has announced a brand-new cooking series, “The Key Ingredient with Sheri Castle,” will premiere Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. on PBS NC.

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PBS to debut new cooking series in September

Author and cook Sheri Castle will host ‘The Key Ingredient’

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — PBS North Carolina has announced a brand-new cooking series, “The Key Ingredient with Sheri Castle,” will premiere Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. on PBS NC.

In each half-hour episode, host and award-winning food writer and cook, Sheri Castle, will feature one local ingredient, tracing its journey from source to kitchen to table. Throughout the series, Castle will introduce viewers to North Carolina farmers, fishermen and chefs, and share approachable home cooking recipes and tips.

“Great stories have always fascinated me, both listening to them and telling a few of my own,” says host Sheri Castle. “It’s the same with creating great recipes and gathering top-notch ingredients that convey a sense of place. It’s been an honor to team up with PBS North Carolina, fellow cooks, farmers and artisan producers to trace local ingredients we love from the ground up, all the way to our home kitchens.”

A modern take on the familiar “stand-and-stir” format from Executive Producer and Director Heather Burgiss, “The Key Ingredient with Sheri Castle” celebrates North Carolina’s culinary diversity alongside notable local chefs and home cooks. Together, Castle and her guests will explore their connections to local ingredients and share recipes that marry Southern traditions like skillet cornbread and buttermilk biscuits with unique chef creations such as Chef Cheetie Kumar’s Indian-inspired coconut cornmeal upma and muscadine pie from Milk Glass Pie owner Keia Mastrianni.

“Sheri may rub elbows with the best chefs in the South, but she’s a homegrown North Carolina cook who always keeps it real in the kitchen,” says PBS North Carolina CEO Lindsay Bierman. “Her doable recipes feed our souls and connect us more deeply to our Southern roots.”

The series of eight episodes features four recipes per show, all available online, with additional cooking tips from Castle released in weekly “Sheri Says” videos. Viewers can join the conversation by posting their own recipes and photos to Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #TheKeyIngredient.

Ahead of the season premiere on Sept. 23, PBS North Carolina will host a virtual sneak peek event with host Sheri Castle on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The event will include a preview screening of the first episode, followed by a Q&A led by Executive Producer and Director Heather Burgiss. To learn more and register, see the event listing on Eventbrite.

New episodes of “The Key Ingredient with Sheri Castle” will air Thursday nights at 7:30, on PBS NC and YouTube. Full episodes will be available on demand at video.pbsnc.org and via the PBS Video App across iOS and Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Samsung Smart TVs. For more information about “The Key Ingredient with Sheri Castle,” the host, guest chefs and recipes from the episodes, visit www.TheKeyIngredient.com.

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