New food show with UF ties premieres Jan. 4


Published: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

A new television show that starts Jan. 4 on WUFT Channel 5 (Cox Cable channel 3) will focus on Florida food, particularly on fresh, sustainable food and native Florida cooking.

Independent videographer Jeff Goertz produces and directs the program, "The Chef's Table with Randal White," from his home studio in Ocala.

The 30-minute program has been in production since October and will premiere at noon Jan. 4, said Sue Wagner, WUFT's community relations director. Additional episodes will continue to air at noon on Saturdays, she said.

Al Williamson, video coordinator for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said his staff is producing two one-minute segments that will be part of the show. The IFAS segments will zero in on a variety of topics, including tomato and strawberry research, honey, food safety, nutrition and more, Williamson said.

The show's mission, Goertz said, is to develop into Florida's premier chef show, one that gives the public a sense of Southern styles and traditions, with the help of UF/IFAS, local farmers, gardeners, restaurateurs, contributors, sponsors and viewers.

Goertz's association with White began when the chef participated in an Iron Chef-type contest in Ocala and Goertz edited the show.

"I saw right away Randal was a natural for TV, and he was an awesome chef, a truly great combination," Goertz said.

Goertz said he hopes eventually to get "The Chef's Table" distributed to other PBS stations around the country.

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