ValleyPBS said its "Hey Kids, Let's Cook!" program will begin its fifth season Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
The program features 10 cast members from across the Valley and throughout Northern California ranging in age from 6 to 14. This season’s 16 episodes feature recipes that include everything from fruiteroni pizza and breakfast biscuit baskets to turkey chili and pumpkin pancakes.
Season highlights include:
--Three new educational segments in each episode: an animated food pyramid; field trips; and a manners lesson.
--A visit to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma where the kids cook up tailgate recipes and get a visit from NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose. --A newly redesigned website at heykidsletscook.com will launch on Sept. 29. Full-length episodes will be also be available on the ValleyPBS video player at video.valleypbs.org.
The series, according to a news release, focuses on teaching children healthy eating habits and how to make wise food choices. The show includes an educational component integrating California Content Standards in the areas of math, literacy, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, science, geography and history. Other important topics include; life skills, career exploration and recycling. The series content is guided by a committee of educators, registered dieticians, and professional chefs who assure the accuracy and educational value of each program.
The Central Valley Health & Nutrition Collaborative recently awarded Kathy Powers and the series the "Central Valley Champion for Media" award for making the environment healthier through education. "Hey Kids, Let’s Cook!" is written, created and hosted by Powers and co-produced by Powers and KVPT. Powers was Educator of the Year in 2003 for Fresno Unified School District and has taught more than 8,000 children and teens about cooking.
The series also airs on PBS member stations throughout California and Nevada, including major cities and outlying areas surrounding San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento, Modesto, and Reno.
"Hey Kids, Let’s Cook! "airs on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m,. with each week's episode repeated the following Saturday at 3 p.m., kicking off the ValleyPBS Saturday afternoon cooking shows.
Major production funding for "Hey Kids, Let’s Cook!" is provided by Save Mart Supermarkets, The Dairy Council of California, Kingsburg Orchards and STAR Fine Foods, and is supported by The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences – California.