Just when you thought you'd seen every type of celebrity chef show imaginable, along comes Ellie Krieger, New York Times best-selling author and nutritionist, whose public television show Ellie's Real Good Food is less about celebrity and more about real life...and real food.
For the second year in a row, Krieger chose the demonstration kitchen at Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, in South Norwalk as her "home kitchen" for taping the cooking portion of her 13 episodes of Ellie's Real Good Food. We say "cooking portion," because Ellie's Real Good Food does a whole lot more than simply feature her cooking. In every episode she also takes viewers on trips to schools, farmer's markets, innovative farms, vineyards and more, where she is on a mission to share healthy, time-saving strategies for menu planning, food shopping and cooking.
"We're about helping people find creative, accessible solutions to challenges like turning veggie loathers into veggie lovers," said Krieger. "Every episode addresses a real-life call for help to address a food challenge. This season we'll share how to how to choose the best foods for healthy, glowing skin and help you get over fears about cooking fish. I want people to find the sweet spot where delicious and healthy meet."
The day CT Bites stopped by Clarke to see Ellie taping, we were impressed with how informative, accessible and relatable she was both on and off camera. In the episode we watched being taped, Ellie was helping a mom add new grains into her routine. She had used brown rice, but wanted to learn about other healthy grains. She worked with sorghum in this episode and made it fun and informative. Who knew you could make sorghum popcorn?!
Krieger is a registered dietitian with a master's degree from Columbia University. She's the leading go-to nutritionist in the media today, having written five cookbooks, including You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-Ahead Meals, which recently won a James Beard Foundation award in the health category. She is a columnist for the The Washington Post and has been a columnist for Fine Cooking AND Food Network magazines, as well as a guest expert on dozens of national television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN and Dr. Oz.
She lives in New York City with her family, so the commute to her "home kitchen" in South Norwalk is convenient and allows her to do all 13 cooking segments in one week. Clarke is also home to Chef Lidia Bastianich's PBS show, Lidia's Kitchen, which taped there a month ago, so you might say that South Norwalk is becoming a Hollywood for foodies.
Looking for Ellie's show on the dial? You'll find her new season in September on public television's Create TV network on WLIW, WNET and CONN. You can find past episodes on her website.