“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 One
You can own the first season of ‘Confucius Was a Foodie’. Includes eight episodes, each 53 minutes long. Get the entire season and save up to 37% off. All purchased content is downloadable for you to enjoy anytime or gift to others!
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 - 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.
‘Confucius Was a Foodie’ Season Two
You can own the second season of ‘Confucius Was a Foodie’. Includes six episodes, each one hour long. Get the entire season and save up to 25% off. All purchased content is downloadable for you to enjoy anytime or gift to others!
Episode 1: The Salty Flavor
You’ll gain a new appreciation for salt— one of the five Chinese flavors — as you watch Christine harvest it from the sea in Thailand.
Episode 2: Tea - Culture, Celebration & Commerce
Travel from London to Hong Kong to learn about the story and history of Tea.
Episode 3: Huaiyang - The Cuisine of Poets
Explore Huaiyang with Christine — an exquisite cuisine historically connected to ancient Chinese poets and scholars.
Episode 4: The Origin of ‘Cuisine’
Is Chinese cuisine, with its Confucian structure, really the origin of the world’s great cuisines? Find out in this episode.
Episode 5: The Bitter Flavor
The bitter flavor is often found in Chinese cooking, but rarely used alone. It is said to clear “heat”, strengthen the stomach, and promote salivation.
Episode 6: Shandong - The Cuisine of Confucius
The oldest of the Chinese cuisines and with roots in dishes served to royalty, Shandong is known as the cuisine of Confucius.
‘Confucius Was a Foodie’ Season 1&2
You can own both season one and two of ‘Confucius Was a Foodie’. Includes 14 episodes, each 53 minutes long. Get the whole series and save up to 32% off. All purchased content is downloadable for you to enjoy anytime or gift to others!
“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 Two Coming to a PBS Station Near You (Fall 2019):
|Los Angeles, CA||KVCR||Oct. 3||Thursdays at 12 pm|
|Los Angeles, CA||KLCS||Oct. 3||Thursdays at 8 pm|
|San Francisco, CA||KQED Plus||Oct. 4||Fridays at 6 pm|
|Boston, MA||WGBX||Oct. 5||Saturdays at 11 am|
|New Hampshire, NE||Explore||Oct. 5||Saturdays at 11 am|
|Milwaukee, WI||WMVT||Oct. 6||Sundays at 6 am|
|New York, NY||WYNE||Oct. 6||Sundays at 11 pm|
|St. Louis, MI||The Nine Network (KETC)||Oct. 6||Sundays at 11 am|
|Albuquerque, NM||KENW 3-1||Oct. 7||Mondays at 3 pm|
|Kansas City, MO||KCPT2||Oct. 7||Mondays at 6pm
Re-airing season 1 leading up to Oct. 7
|Portland, OR||OPB Plus||Oct. 7||Mondays at 9 pm
|Tampa, FL||WEDQ||Oct. 7||Mondays at 10 pm|
|Los Angeles, CA||KCET||Oct. 8||Tuesdays at 11 am|
|Nashville, TN||NPT2||Oct. 8||Tuesdays at 11 am|
|Portland, OR||OPB OPB Plus||Oct. 9||Wednesdays at 1 am|
|Albuquerque, NM||KENW 3-3||Oct. 10||Thursdays at 4 am and 9 pm|
|Albuquerque, NM||KENW 3-1||Oct. 11||Fridays at 9 am|
|Greenville-Spartan, SC||ETVW||Oct. 12||Saturdays at 4 pm|
|Indianapolis, IN||WFYI3||Oct. 12||Saturdays at 7 pm|
|Portland, OR||OPB Plus||Oct. 13||Sundays at 6 pm|
|Los Angeles, CA||KCET Link||Oct. 14||Mondays at 6 pm and 10 pm|
|Grand Rapids, MI||KGVU Life||Oct. 17||Thursdays at 8 am and 2pm|
|Orlando, FL||WEFS||Oct. 17||Thursdays at 8 pm|
|Buffalo, NY / Toronto, CA||WNED||Oct. 18||Fridays at 8 pm|
|Baltimore, MD||MPT2||Oct. 18||Fridays at 8 pm
(Oct. 7 Tues 10 pm) Re-airing season 1
|West Palm Beach, FL||WXEL||Oct. 19||Saturdays at 3 pm|
|Denver, CO||CPT 12 - Colorado Public Television||Oct. 22||Tuesdays at 9 pm
(Sept. 3) Re-airing season 1
|Atlanta, GA||WPBA||Oct. 28||Mondays at 5 pm|
|Los Angeles, CA||PBS Socal 2||Oct. 31||Thursdays at 12 am|
|Norfolk, VA||WHRO||Nov. 28||Thursdays at 10 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.