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After launching food trucks, restaurants and social justice efforts, chef Roy Choi is about to premiere a six-part series, “Broken Bread,” that looks at the ways food can be an agent of change. The series debuts May 15 on PBS channel KCET in Southern California and will stream on Tastemade’s streaming platform.
In the series co-produced by KCET and Tastemade, Choi, who kicked off the food truck trend with his Kogi BBQ truck and went on to found restaurants like Chego, A-Frame and Pot, talks to people working to create positive change.
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“Hopefully through the show you’ll meet a lot of people who are out there every day trying to make a difference without any investors or big machine behind them, waking up and loading their car and putting love into the universe,” Choi says.
Why do a show on food justice instead of cooking or travel? “They’re my kindred spirits,” Choi says of the people he interviews, which includes Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and urban gardener Ron Finley. “I can’t be with them every day on the ground. My contribution to the movement is to shine a light on them.”
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Each “Broken Bread” episode tackles issues facing society such as waste, immigration and sustainability. The first installment looks at the power of cooking to help rehabilitate those on the margins of society. Other episodes investigate bringing healthy food options to communities that lack fresh food; the future of food using non-traditional protein sources and meat replacements; solutions to food waste; and cannabis culture, including an interview with Cheech Marin.
Choi, whose latest venture is Best Friend restaurant at Las Vegas’ Park MGM, tried to take an entertaining approach to the serious subject matter, including recruiting Dan the Automator to contribute music. “We need people to see how important these topics are,” he...
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