A Taste of History is a 15-time Emmy Award-winning television series that recreates culinary heritage by cooking spectacular historic recipes at original locations across the globe. The show is one-part cooking, one-part history with a dash of humor and a whole lot of personality and appeals to cooks, history lovers, travelers, and anyone who loves watching an adventure. The show airs on PBS, Amazon Prime, and the Hungry Channel on Apple TV and Roku streaming devices.
Our 12th Season of production brings us to Tennessee where the show’s host, Chef Walter Staib, will discover what motivated early settlers to come to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he visits the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. Chef Staib then cooks side-by-side with Chef David Rule of the Appalachian Restaurant in Sevierville, TN to learn farm-to-table methods and recipes that have been passed down among generations.
About Chef Walter Staib: a third-generation restaurateur with over 50 years of experience. In 1989 he founded Concepts by Staib, Ltd. which is a globally operating restaurant management and hospitality consulting firm. Staib has been instrumental in opening more than 650 restaurants worldwide and served as proprietor of the City Tavern in Philadelphia for over 26 years. In addition to his seven cookbooks, Staib has made numerous appearances on local and national cooking shows, such as 60 Minutes, the Today show and the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and “Iron Chef.”
About Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: The center preserves, interprets and shares the history and culture of the diverse peoples who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers exhibitions and programs for educational and cultural enrichment.
About the Appalachian Restaurant: Executive Chef, David Rule, brings a modern approach to traditional Appalachian ingredients and dishes with an emphasis on smoky flavors coming from a large wood burning hearth positioned in the heart of the kitchen.
A Taste of History will be filming at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021, and at the Appalachian Restaurant on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021.