‘Chasing Flavor,’ With Celebrity Chef Carla Hall, to Stream on Max Beginning Feb. 1

The new Max original series “Chasing Flavor,” starring chef and best-selling author Carla Hall, will start streaming on the service Feb. 1.

In the series, Hall takes viewers on a global adventure to explore the unexpected roots of popular American dishes. Traveling to Ghana, Italy, Turkey, and other countries, she traces their history and lineage, discovering the interconnected, international origins and cultures that paved the way for today’s American cuisine.

“’Chasing Flavor’ brings together so many of the things I am passionate about,” Hall said in a statement. “It’s about food, and family, and sharing stories and history and travel. And, more importantly, [it’s about] giving credit to the cultures that had a hand in a particular dish.”

Throughout the six half-hour episodes, Hall dives into American classics from shrimp and grits to hot chicken, from chicken pot pie to barbecue. On one episode, she journeys to Italy and to Turkey to discover the origins of ice cream. Stopping at the top ice cream spots in New York and Philadelphia, she learns the unique churning methods used to give the classic dessert its smooth, creamy texture. In Italy, she gets a lesson on the difference between ice cream and gelato, and in Turkey, she uncovers a unique ingredient that gives ice cream its silkiness.  

On other episodes, Hall goes on a taco trip to Mexico and discovers how a vertical flame helped cultures collide to create tacos al pastor. She also explores how Jamaica helped to shape the flaky crust of chicken pot pie, and in Ghana, she gets a spicy taste of the roots of hot chicken with chef Eric Adjepong.  

“Chasing Flavor” is produced by Fremantle’s Original Productions for Max. 

‘Dishing With Julia Child’ to Stream Feb. 28 on PBS Living and PBS Passport

“Dishing With Julia Child,” a new six-part series from PBS, will be available to stream Feb. 28 on PBS Passport and PBS Living, available on Prime Video Channels and Apple TV.

“We are more than excited to be bringing original content to PBS Living for the very first-time,” said Andrea Downing, co-president of PBS Distribution, in a statement. “Julia Child pioneered what cooking shows have become today and to get a once-in-a-lifetime look at how she inspired the master chefs of today is truly a treat.”

PBS Living is available at $2.99 a month. PBS Passport is an added member benefit.

Eric Ripert in “Dishing With Julia Child”

In “Dishing With Julia Child,” nine respected chefs — José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson and Martha Stewart — gather together to screen favorite episodes of Child’s iconic show “The French Chef,” which debuted in 1963. As they watch, they share personal reminiscences, anecdotes and a few laughs as they discuss the immeasurable impact she had on their lives, careers and the American food scene.

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Jose Andres in “Dishing With Julia Child”

The series, which will also be broadcast on Fridays April 3-17 on PBS, is part of the PBS 50th anniversary celebration of the iconic personalities that shaped both broadcast history and pop culture.

“As we celebrate PBS icons like Julia Child during our 50th anniversary, audiences will also get an exciting look at how these legacies will shape and inspire the future of PBS,” said Jerry Liwanag, VP, fundraising programming, in a statement. “This nostalgic series is just one example of the rich food and culture programming that PBS makes available to audiences across multiple platforms.”

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“’Dishing With Julia Child’ showcases how pioneering and timeless Julia Child’s television teaching is,” said Eric W. Spivey, chairman of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. “The Foundation is thrilled PBS has connected some of Julia’s iconic episodes to the streaming age through the eyes of chefs who embody her legacy.”

Episode titles and broadcast premiere dates (ET):

No. 1 “The Whole Fish Story” (April 3, 10:00-10:30 p.m.)

No. 2 “The Good Loaf” (April 3, 10:30-11:00 p.m.)

No. 3 “Your Own French Onion Soup” (April 10, 10:00-10:30 p.m.)

No. 4 “Boeuf Bourguignon” (April 10, 10:30-11:00 p.m.)

No. 5 “The Potato Show” (April 17, 10:00-10:30 p.m.)

No.6 “To Roast a Chicken” (April 17, 10:30-11:00 p.m.)