Food ReFramed is a unique new travel and food show that will take the viewer to lesser-known destinations that aren't usually associated with cuisine. Food ReFramed is based on the premise that food creativity and innovation can come from anywhere – not just a trained chef but an eccentric street vendor, an unconventional grandmother, an inspired aunt or a visionary farmer. Experimentation, new techniques and even food revolutions sometimes happen in restaurants but can also be found at markets, in villages and homes, and across every environment, culture and class.
With the spontaneity of live field production, the perspicacity of well-researched journalism and on-the-pulse awareness of global food culture, Food ReFramed will be a thrilling and stimulating journey, discovering the hippest new food cities, the most remote trailblazers in production and sustainability, as well as radical new experiments in technique and flavor combinations found in some of the most unlikely, obscure as least visited corners of the earth. Exploring destinations well off the foodie traveler path, we’ll meet maverick creators who are building on or breaking from tradition. With a focus on the progressive/modern rather that on the traditional/exotic, Food ReFramed promises to be the most insightful and relevant food & travel show on the planet.
Chef Gabe Kennedy is one of the most exciting new figures on the New York food scene. A winner of ABC-TV's competition show “The Taste” on ABC, in which he was named “the best undiscovered chef in America,” and was mentored by the likes of Marcus Samuelsson, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, Eric Riper and has a passion for understanding cuisines of the world and for using food as a way to change lives. An avid traveler and environmental advocate, Gabe is passionate and dedicated to connecting people, food and culture. Making a positive impact through adventurous, healthy and innovative cuisine, his mission is to inspire people to explore the kitchen, their senses, and rediscover the joys of cooking.
Raised in Boulder, Colorado in a household of healers, Gabe learned the importance of food as a universal language. He worked in restaurants from age 14 through high school. Upon graduating, he went straight to the Culinary Institute of America, where he finished top of his class with multiple awards. From there, he attended the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where he sharpened his business acumen and found his entrepreneurial spirit. Gabe honed his skills under David Bouley at the eponymous Bouley in Tribeca, Eleven Madison Park, Cru and Blue Hill at Stone Barnes. As a private he has cooked for various celebrities including The Clinton Family. He has also consulted on operations and product development for organic food and lifestyle brands such as Skratch Labs, Brad’s Raw Foods, Little Duck Organics, and Big Tree Farms. Gabe is the current host of the “Kitchen Lab” web series on the Bon Appétit online channel, and is a frequent guest on various other TV and online cooking shows. He is an ambassador for the charity Concern Worldwide, and has recently partnered with Groundwork — a company committed to sustainable, relationship-based, organic coffee sourcing — in developing a line of single-origin Ethiopian coffee dedicated to saving endangered honey bees. Gabe's culinary style is an intersection of technique and creating something absolutely delicious. Bringing life to nature's bounty, the result is flavorful, seasonal cuisine that is accessible to the home cook, a basis of inspiration for the professional chef and relatable to all.
Countless TV food shows have made household names out of creative chefs and restaurants in the famous foodie capitals like New York, LA, London, Paris, Bologna and Melbourne. Yet when it comes to non-mainstream destinations, we only get to see the traditional and the “weird” – never the modern and innovative. Food ReFramed will redraw the global food map, shining a spotlight on all the talent that goes unrecognised just because its location. In the process, we will discover surprising aspects of countries that are grievously ignored or misrepresented in the media.
Following in the footsteps of previous food & travel shows that inspired it, Food FeFramed will be a series of 1-hr episodes suitable for any channel that shows travel, food and lifestyle programming. The show's point of difference will be its choice of unconventional and little-known destinations and its focus on modern, creative and new ideas that will challenge common perceptions and representations of those destinations. In each each episode host Gabe Kennedy will visit a different country, city or region, discovering how that location is different to how it is typically imagined by those who haven't been there, as well as how maverick local chefs, cooks and producers are coming up with remarkable new innovations, ideas, inventions and projects. The show will consistently surprise the viewer by challenging common stereotypes and preconceptions of countries, cultures and communities. The food stories we tell will provide a window into the real daily life and rhythm of the destinations as they are today, beyond both the tourist ads and the news reports, as well as travel and culture highlights well off the tourist path (that's if the location even has a tourist path).
Food ReFramed is inspired by previous groundbreaking food & travel shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s A Cook's Tour, No Reservations and Parts Unknown, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Mind of a Chef, A Cook Abroad, Food Paradise and others. These pioneering shows have done much to educating and broaden the horizons of their audience, creating a market for the genre and leaving viewers hungry for more. Today, while no animal organ, insect or fermented product has been left uneaten on TV, viewers are overall much more sophisticated, well traveled and aware than a decade ago. However there is a vast number of locations, characters, ideas and food stories that have never been seen on our TV screens
Food ReFramed takes the concept to the next level, with a fresh approach and attitude, celebrating alternative and groundbreaking takes on modernity, and pioneering ways in which food ideas can change lives, communities and even entire cities and countries. The style of the show will be dynamic and fast paced, densely packed with content, with a powerful soundtrack conveying the distinct rhythm and vibe of each location. While maintaining a clear format, the show will explore diverse ways of highlighting the uniqueness of each destination and story or introducing essential context in an entertaining way, employing a wide range of stylistic devices from references to TV and movie genres to animation. The show will be aimed at lovers of food and travel of all ages, presented by an perceptive and down-to-earth host who has a deep understanding of food, a passion for world culture, history and nature, an appreciation of new ideas, creativity and eccentricity, as well as an open mind, a genuine love of people and a sense of humor.