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Wexler’s Deli, Mister Jiu’s and Jitlada Among Restaurants Set To Appear in Season 3 of Life & Thyme’s Emmy®-Winning Series THE MIGRANT KITCHEN Premiering on KCET Nov. 7 and Link TV Nov. 13

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                                                                    New Season Explores How Chefs in California and Beyond

                                                                    Are Creating Cuisine Inspired by the Immigrant Experience

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(Melissa Chou, pastry chef of Mister Jiu’s at work. Image Courtesy of Life & Thyme)


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Burbank, Calif. – Oct. 10, 2017 – KCET and Link TV, viewer-supported media organizations providing acclaimed culturally diverse programming, announced today the launch of a third season of Emmy®-winning food series THE MIGRANT KITCHEN, produced in partnership with award-winning culinary publication Life & Thyme, dedicated to documenting global food culture. THE MIGRANT KITCHEN explores California’s booming food scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs and culinary artisans whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience. THE MIGRANT KITCHEN’s third season will premiere on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California and Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on independent satellite network Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410).

The third season of the James Beard Award and Webby-nominated series continues to spotlight chefs and craftspeople who are combining traditional, ethnic cuisines with new flavors and fresh techniques that have transformed the culinary landscape of California. As a result, the state is one of the leading food destinations in the world.  Season three will examine cuisines stretching from northern California all the way to Mexico City and celebrating the food cultures of the Jewish deli, Japanese sake, Chinatown, Palestinian food and more. Episodes will feature interviews with key chefs and food influencers including Micah Wexler (Wexler’s Deli), Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins (El Jardín), Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu’s), Reem Assil (Reem’s California & Dyafa), Jazz Singsanong (Jitlada) and Louis Tikaram (E.P. & L.P.).

Additional digital content will support the launch of the new season including an interactive map, articles highlighting the chefs and a new “Anatomy of a Dish” series.

THE MIGRANT KITCHEN will telecast as follows (subject to change):

“The Jewish Deli”- Wed., Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET /  Tues., Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

The Jewish delis of Los Angeles serve an important role for connecting heritage to food. Factor’s Famous Deli has been a pillar in the community for 70 years while newcomers like Micah Wexler and Michael Kassar of Wexler’s Deli bring a fresh take to classic deli food traditions.

“Sequoia Sake” - Wed., Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET /  Tues., Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Jake Myrick and Noriko Kamei have taken their love for namazake and created Sequoia Sake, a small brewery in the heart of San Francisco. Rooted in the traditions of Japanese sake brewing, they work to resurrect an heirloom rice in California pioneering the young but growing craft sake movement in the U.S.

 “El Jardín”- Wed., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET /  Tues., Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins opens her new restaurant, El Jardín, in San Diego. Inspired by the traditions of generations of Mexican women and combining regional heirloom ingredients from across Mexico, Zepeda-Wilkins takes a huge risk to elevate the cuisine in her hometown.

 “Mister Jiu’s Chinatown”- Wed., Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET /  Tues., Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, Brandon Jew walks the line between his Chinese heritage and his American upbringing with his restaurant, Mister Jiu’s. With the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood, the face of the country’s oldest Chinatown is changing while a younger generation holds on to the traditions and flavors of the past.

“Man’oushe” - Wed., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET /  Tues., Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Two extraordinary women of Palestinian descent, Reem Assil and Lamees Dahbour, use food to bring their misunderstood homeland closer to Western tolerance and acceptance.

“Louis & Jazz” - Wed., Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET /  Tues., Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada Thai and Louis Tikaram of E.P. & L.P. transport the palate around the world with the complex flavors of Thai cuisine. These chefs work to bring balance to the complexity of flavors that reflect the mixed cultural influences of their own backgrounds and experiences.

Join the conversation on social media using #migrantkitchen, #lifeandthyme

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