“Christine is the perfect host, gracious, unbiased, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I especially like the fact that she goes into the discrimination that the Chinese endured and how that shaped their cuisine in a foreign land. She is compassionate and understanding of my culture. For that alone, I commend and thank her. I can’t rave enough about your show and Christine. This is for sure my favorite TV series.”
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‘Confucius Was a Foodie’ Season 1
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Episode 1: Origins of the Beginnings
Christine looks for the Chinese origins of foods like ketchup, pasta, baklava, pizza, and more.
Episode 2: Confucius and Food Philosophy
Who said it first—Confucius or Hippocrates? Christine sets off to compare the thoughts of foodie philosophers.
Episode 3: Celebrations, Ceremonies and the Dumpling
Christine eats her way through the Lunar calendar with traditional customs, cuisine and culture.
Episode 4: Noodles: Long Life, Food of Legends
Noodles symbolize longevity in Chinese culinary culture and this episode has more noodles than you can imagine!
Episode 5: The Big Picture
Christine meets her Chinese chef mentors, discovering her assumptions about Chinese cuisine in North America might not be true.
Episode 6: Cantonese
Learning the history of Chinese immigration in America, challenges Christine’s idea of Cantonese cuisine.
Episode 7: Sichuan
Christine ventures into the world of Sichuan cuisine and discovers the surprise of flavor over heat.
Episode 8: Sweet
Christine explores the flavor of sweet in Chinese immigrant communities across Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.
“This is the first TV program that looks at the food that I am familiar with from an ‘outside-in’ perspective. Sometimes when you are too close to something, you don’t really notice it. This program has taught me a lot about the food I eat every day.”
—Gordon, Hong Kong
“I really enjoy your series. I am not very adventurous when it comes to food, but I sure do like seeing all of the dishes, and the history behind it.”
—Mary Lou, California
“I’ve been watching Season 1 of Confucius Was A Foodie and I’m enjoying it immensely. The intelligence of the series coupled with your engaging personality makes it a first rate winner.”
—James, New Jersey
“The information presented in this episode is extremely thought provoking and Christine Cushing is thoroughly entertaining as show’s host.”
—Barbara, New Jersey
‘Confucius was a Foodie’ Season One Coming to a PBS Station Near You:
|Across the U.S.||CREATE TV||Mar. 5||Tuesdays/Thursdays at 7 pm and 12:30 am (ET)|
|Chicago, IL||WTTW||Apr. 28||Sundays at 1 pm|
|Tampa, FL||WEDU||Apr. 22||Mondays at 10 pm on WEDQ|
|Cleveland, OH||WVIZ||Apr. 14||Sundays at 3 pm|
|Cincinnati, OH||WPTO||Apr. 8||Mondays at 8 pm|
|Wixom, MI||WTVS / Detroit Public Television||Apr. 7||Sundays at 3 am|
|Aens, OH||WOUB||Apr. 6|
|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, CA||PBS SoCal||Apr. 4||Thursdays at 12 am on PBS SoCal 2|
|Grand Rapids, MI||WGVU||Apr. 4||Thursdays at 8am and 2pm on WGVU-Life|
|Columbia, SC||SCETV||Mar. 30||Saturdays at 4 pm on ETV World Channel|
|Los Angeles, CA||KLCS||Feb. 7||Thursdays at 7 pm|
|Durham, NH||New Hampshire PBS||Feb. 2||Saturdays at 4 pm on Explore Channel|
|Columbus, OH||WOSU Public Media||Jan. 27||Mini-marathon of three episodes on Sunday 2pm – 5pm|
|St. Paul, MN||TPT – Twin Cities PBS||Jan. 19||Saturdays at 2pm|
|St. Louis, MI||The Nine Network||Jan. 16||Wednesdays at 1:30 pm|
|Portales, NM||KENW||Jan. 16||Wednesdays at 8am
Fridays at 3pm on their main 3-1 channel
Thursdays at 12am on their 3-3 channel
|Research Triangle Park, NC||UNC-TV||Jan. 9|
|Wednesdays at 10pm on UNC-EX
Fridays at 9am, 4pm on UNC-EX
Saturdays at 2am, 9am on UNC-EX
|Denver, CO||CPT 12 – Colorado Public Television||Jan. 8||Tuesdays at 8 pm|
|Burbank, CA||KCETLink||Jan. 7||Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 2pm|
|San Antonio, CA||KLRN||Jan. 7||Mondays at 11:30am|
|New York, NY||NYC Life||Jan. 7||Mondays at 7pm|
|Portland, OR||OPB||Jan. 6||Sundays at 6:00 pm on OPB Plus|
|Harrisburg, PA||WITF||Jan. 6||Sundays at 10 am|
|Orlando, FL||WUCF||Jan. 6||Sundays at 11:30am|
|Milwaukee, WI||Milwaukee Public Television||Jan. 6||Sundays at 7am on WMVT channel|
|Atlanta, GA||Georgia Public Broadcasting||Jan. 6||Saturdays at 4pm|
|New York, NY||NJTV||Jan. 6||Saturdays at 1pm|
|Belehem, PA||WLVT/PBS39||Jan. 4||Fridays at 4 pm|
|Owings Mills, MD||Maryland Public Television||Jan. 4||Fridays at 8pm on MPT2|
|Buffalo, NY/Toronto, CA||WNED||Jan. 4||Fridays at 8 pm|
|Cocoa, FL||WEFS||Jan. 3||Thursdays at 10 pm|
|San Bernaino, CA||Empire Network/KVCR||Jan. 3||Thursdays at 12pm|
|Norfolk, VA||WHRO||Jan. 3||Thursdays at 10pm|
|Tacoma, WA||KBTC||Jan. 2||Wednesdays at 6pm|
|Seattle, WA/Vancouver||KCTS 9||Jan. 2||Wednesdays at 1 pm|
A New World Adventure in an Ancient Cuisine
Chinese cuisine is perhaps the oldest and most sophisticated organized cuisine in the world, consumed by millions everyday and influencing other world cuisines in 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 documentary series where celebrity chef and former Food Network host, Christine Cushing, takes you on a voyage of delicious discovery, exploring the best Chinese food imaginable, and uncovering fascinating traditions.
Under the guidance of Chinese master chefs and experts who have made Chinese cuisine their life’s work, Christine cooks and eats her way through North America, Europe and Asia. It’s a learning adventure she describes as one of the most interesting and enlightening in her entire career as a chef.