BROKEN BREAD, Award-Winning Series from Tastemade and KCET, Begins Production on Season Two, Continuing the Exploration of Social Justice Through Food
Allison Gray, KCET
Brooke Swilley, Tastemade
Select programming will also be available to stream on PBS.org and the free PBS App. Members of KCET get extended access through PBS Passport.
Los Angeles, Calif. – July 28, 2021 - This week, Tastemade, a modern media company, and KCET, showcasing the best of PBS and the leading source for arts, culture and news in Southern California, announced that the Emmy® and James Beard Award®-winning series, BROKEN BREAD — hosted by restaurant entrepreneur and acclaimed chef, Roy Choi — has begun production of the second season. Season two is slated to premiere in early 2022, and will be broadcast on Tastemade and KCET/PBS SoCal/Link TV. Co-produced by Tastemade and KCET, the new season will explore the future of the restaurant industry, highlighting diverse, expert perspectives.
For viewers to catch up on season one, a marathon of all six episodes will be broadcast in Southern California on KCET on Sun., Aug. 8 from 4- 7 p.m. PT. Season one is available on demand on Tastemade and KCET.
“I am so excited to begin production on season two of BROKEN BREAD,” said Chef Roy Choi. “I look forward to continuing our journey into how people, from the ground up, are changing the injustices of the world around them and defining their new existence through change, while also redefining the food world as we know it. Given the incredible conversations and truths that I was lucky enough to be a part of in season one, I know it's time to go even deeper and that's where season two will begin.”
Series host, Chef Choi, will again lead viewers through each episode, as he seeks answers to questions affecting marginalized communities — through the lens of food — such as:
- How are the new generation of Mexican Americans using food as resistance to fight the forces of gentrification and erasure?
- What role does urban agriculture play in the fight for black food sovereignty, land ownership, and the climate?
Season two of the series focuses on the faces behind the changing food movement. It will highlight the AAPI experience, as well as what it is like to live on the Mexican side of the Mexican-American border, having one’s experience be determined by an arbitrary line.
“After an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to season one, KCET is thrilled to be working with Roy Choi and Tastemade again on BROKEN BREAD,” said Juan Devis, Executive Producer and Chief Creative Officer for KCET and PBS SoCal. “The purpose of this show is more important than ever given the rapidly changing restaurant industry. The people that make up our food culture are doing incredible things in challenging situations. We look forward to sharing these stories from our local communities, which are sure to strike a chord in audiences everywhere.”
“Our audience has made it clear that there is a true need for the stories of hope and inspiration that BROKEN BREAD brings to the screen,” said Emily Mraz, Executive Producer and Head of Development, Tastemade. “We could not be happier to work with KCET once again, and to work through these complex conversations with a partner that shares our vision. Of course, no one cares more deeply about these subjects than Roy, who brings a unique perspective to the series as a chef, entrepreneur and storyteller.”
“Tastemade is excited to bring our valued brand partners an opportunity to take part in such a unique, change-making series from one of the culinary world’s leading voices,” said Jeffrey Imberman, Head of Sales and Brand Partnerships, Tastemade.
Chef Choi will executive produce along with Tastemade’s Emily Mraz and KCET’s Juan Devis. His business partner, Natasha Phan, will serve as producer, and Avrielle Gallagher as supervising producer. The series is directed by Antonio Diaz, executive producer for KCET Original THE MIGRANT KITCHEN and founder of the culinary publication Life & Thyme.
About Roy Choi
Roy Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles, California. Roy is known as one of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ by merging food and social media with community, and honoring the street food culture that laid the path before him. He is the host of the civic-minded, Emmy Award-winning series, Broken Bread, on Tastemade/KCET, which in 2020 won him a James Beard Award for “Outstanding Personality/Host” in a television series. On a global scale, Roy is co-host in the full-blown Netflix cooking series, The Chef Show, with Jon Favreau. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. In 2010, Food & Wine named him “Best New Chef.” In 2013, his cookbook/memoir, L.A. Son, was a New York Times Bestseller. In 2016, he was named one of the “TIME 100 Most Influential People,” and in 2017, LocoL received the first-ever Los Angeles Times “Restaurant of the Year” award. Roy resides in Los Angeles where he is a voice and advocate for street food culture past, present, and future, and the co-owner, co-founder, and chef of Kogi BBQ, Chego!, Best Friend at Park MGM Las Vegas, and LocoL.Instagram: @chefroychoi Twitter: @chefroychoi
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