PBS Distribution Launches PBS Food FAST Channel

PBS Distribution has announced the addition of the new FAST Channel PBS Food on Freevee, Plex and Roku in the United States.

The new FAST channel provides a new way for viewers to watch titles including “Mind of a Chef,” “The French Chef With Julia Child,” “Eating In With Lidia,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” “Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul,” “Essential Pépin,” “Simply Ming” and more.

On the new FAST channel, viewers have an opportunity to see inside the kitchen of some of the world’s best chefs, past and present including Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, Vivian Howard, José Andrés and many more culinary stars. 

“In this ever-changing entertainment landscape, we are proud to bring our extensive library of beloved cooking programming to the FAST space with PBS Food,” Andrea Downing, president of PBS Distribution, said in a statement. “With endless hours of lean back content, audiences will now have more ways to find our classic food content to enjoy.”

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PBS Food joins other FAST Channels available from PBS Distribution, including Antiques Road Show, Julie Child and Antiques Road Trip.

‘Essential Pépin’ Among Classic French Cooking Series on PBS Living Channel in July

The PBS Living Channel is serving up classic French cooking series in July, including “Essential Pépin,” “Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration” and “Dishing With Julia Child.” 
The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

“Essential Pépin” premieres July 1 featuring 26 episodes. The series shares more than 125 recipes culled from Jacques Pépin’s legendary career. Pépin demonstrates dishes ranging from classical escoffier quenelles to chicken with tarragon butter. Recipes also include basic French fries, soda bread, tomatoes maison and brioche. Desserts range from quick almond plum cake and fast chocolate truffettes to apricot and pistachio soufflé.

“Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration” debuts July 22. In celebration of Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday, chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes alongside Pépin and in front of a live audience. Though the chefs bring their own recipes to prepare, Pépin is eager to lend a helping hand and to demonstrate his impeccable technique. During the preparations, they share candid conversations, memorable stories and anecdotes from their kitchen experiences.

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“Dishing with Julia Child” is currently streaming and features six episodes. Viewers join Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés and many others influenced by Child as they watch old episodes of “The French Chef” and share stories about the beloved cook, who began her iconic television series “The French Chef” in 1963. Some of today’s most renowned chefs and celebrities delight in six of the most-beloved episodes from her groundbreaking series. The nine chefs featured in the series include Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard and Sara Moulton.

Other titles coming to PBS Living in July include “The Great Muslim American Road Trip,” due July 5; “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston,” also due July 5; and season two of “Expedition with Steve Backshall,” available July 6.