A new food-travel documentary series produced by Lofty Sky Entertainment

A New World Adventure in an Ancient Cuisine

Chinese cuisine is perhaps the oldest and most sophisticated organized cuisine in the world, consumed by hundreds of millions everyday and influencing other world cuisines in interesting and unexpected ways. It boasts over 5,000 years of history, yet how much do we really know about it? Confucius Was a Foodie is a new documentary series in which celebrity chef and former Food Network host Christine Cushing takes viewers on a voyage of fun and delicious discovery, exploring the best Chinese food imaginable and uncovering the fascinating traditions, philosophies and history of Chinese culinary culture and its surprising influence on food culture around the world. Under the guidance of master chef guides and other experts who have made Chinese cuisine their life’s work, Christine cooks and eats her way through North America, Europe and Asia, visiting kitchens, festivals, celebrations and award-winning restaurants around the world. It’s a learning adventure she describes as one of the most interesting and enlightening in her entire career as a chef. Viewers and celebrity guests, including Anna Olson, Ming Tsai, Susur Lee, Alvin Leung, Janet Hsieh, Vanessa Yeung, and Fuchsia Dunlop agree that Confucius Was a Foodie offers a compelling, in-depth look at a food culture that is rich and surprising. You just have to know where to look.


‘Confucius was a Foodie’ Season One Coming to a PBS Station Near You:

CityStationStart TimeAirtime
Across the U.S.CREATE TVMar. 5Tuesdays/Thursdays at 7 pm and 12:30 am (ET)
Chicago, ILWTTWApr. 28Sundays at 1 pm
Tampa, FLWEDUApr. 22Mondays at 10 pm on WEDQ
Cleveland, OHWVIZApr. 14Sundays at 3 pm
Cincinnati, OHWPTOApr. 8Mondays at 8 pm
Wixom, MIWTVS / Detroit Public TelevisionApr. 7Sundays at 3 am
Aens, OHWOUBApr. 6
Apr. 7
May 7
Saturdays at 10 am on 20.2 Classical channel
Sundays at 6 pm on 20.5 OHIO channel
Tuesdays at 12 am on main channel
Santa Ana, CAPBS SoCalApr. 4Thursdays at 12 am on PBS SoCal 2
Grand Rapids, MIWGVUApr. 4Thursdays at 8am and 2pm on WGVU-Life
Columbia, SCSCETVMar. 30Saturdays at 4 pm on ETV World Channel
Los Angeles, CAKLCSFeb. 7Thursdays at 7 pm
Durham, NHNew Hampshire PBSFeb. 2Saturdays at 4 pm on Explore Channel
Columbus, OHWOSU Public MediaJan. 27Mini-marathon of three episodes on Sunday 2pm – 5pm
St. Paul, MNTPT – Twin Cities PBSJan. 19Saturdays at 2pm
St. Louis, MIThe Nine NetworkJan. 16Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
Portales, NMKENWJan. 16Wednesdays at 8am
Fridays at 3pm on their main 3-1 channel
Thursdays at 12am on their 3-3 channel
Research Triangle Park, NCUNC-TVJan. 9
Jan. 10
Jan. 12
Wednesdays at 10pm on UNC-EX
Fridays at 9am, 4pm on UNC-EX
Saturdays at 2am, 9am on UNC-EX
Denver, COCPT 12 – Colorado Public TelevisionJan. 8Tuesdays at 8 pm
Burbank, CAKCETLinkJan. 7Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 2pm
San Antonio, CAKLRNJan. 7Mondays at 11:30am
New York, NYNYC LifeJan. 7Mondays at 7pm
Portland, OROPBJan. 6Sundays at 6:00 pm on OPB Plus
Harrisburg, PAWITFJan. 6Sundays at 10 am
Orlando, FLWUCFJan. 6Sundays at 11:30am
Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee Public TelevisionJan. 6Sundays at 7am on WMVT channel
Atlanta, GAGeorgia Public BroadcastingJan. 6Saturdays at 4pm
New York, NYNJTVJan. 6Saturdays at 1pm
Belehem, PAWLVT/PBS39Jan. 4Fridays at 4 pm
Owings Mills, MDMaryland Public TelevisionJan. 4Fridays at 8pm on MPT2
Buffalo, NY/Toronto, CAWNEDJan. 4Fridays at 8 pm
Cocoa, FLWEFSJan. 3Thursdays at 10 pm
San Bernaino, CAEmpire Network/KVCRJan. 3Thursdays at 12pm
Norfolk, VAWHROJan. 3Thursdays at 10pm
Tacoma, WAKBTCJan. 2Wednesdays at 6pm
Seattle, WA/VancouverKCTS 9Jan. 2Wednesdays at 1 pm


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Episode Listing

  • Origins of the Beginnings

    Everything has its origins somewhere. When it comes to food, roots are often Chinese - and Chinese beginnings in the culinary and cultural world go back more than 5,000 years.  In this episode, Chef Christine looks for the culinary roots of foods such as ice cream, ketchup, pasta, phyllo, baklava and pizza.

    Episode 2010 The Origin of the Beginnings
  • Confucius and the Origin of Food Philosophy

    Was it Confucius or Hippocrates who first said, “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”? Chef Christine sets off to compare the thoughts and beliefs of foodie writers and philosophers.

    Episode 2012 Confucius and the Origin of Food Philosophy
  • Celebrations, Ceremonies and the Dumpling

    Christine eats her way through the Chinese Solar Lunar calendar with traditional customs, cuisine and culture. The calendar appears to have a dumpling for every occasion!

    Episode 2007 Celebrations, Ceremonies and the Dumpling
  • Noodles: Long for Life, Food of Legends

    Birthday parties and baby naming ceremonies all wish for the same thing - long life. And in the Chinese culinary culture, that means noodles and there are more noodles in Chinese cuisines than you can possibly imagine!

    Episode 2009 Noodles: Long for Life, Food of Legends
  • The Big Picture

    Chef Christine Cushing meets her Chinese chef mentors and discovers that many of her assumptions about the beginnings of this cuisine in North America might not actually be true.

    Episode 1001 The Big Picture
  • Cantonese

    Chef Christine’s Cantonese adventure provides one surprise after another and that makes her question what she has previously considered ‘Cantonese’. The history both breaks her heart and excites her for deeper exploration into traditional Chinese cuisines.

    Episode 1002 Cantonese
  • Sichuan

    Chef Christine Cushing ventures into the world of Sichuan cuisine and discovers the surprise of flavor over heat as well as a rich cultural history from Chinese roots to main street Chinatowns across North America.

    Episode 1003 Sichuan
  • Sweet

    Chef Christine Cushing explores the great big flavor of sweet in Chinese immigrant communities in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

    Sweet Episode

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