Friday, February 24, 2012

QED Cooks Celebrates 100th Episode


Commemorative cookbook to include 200 of the best and most requested recipes.

February 20, 2012

George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano


Commemorative cookbook to include 200 of the best and most requested recipes.

PITTSBURGH—WQED’s program director and “cooking guy” Chris Fennimore is the host of QED Cooks, a local program that has celebrated the delicious food culture of Pittsburgh for the last 18 years. Much more than a cooking show, QED Cooks is about heritage and the tradition of passing down recipes to the next generation. Premiering March 3, 2012 at 10 a.m. on WQED-TV QED Cooks and Fennimore will celebrate the 100th episode of this series in a special called QED Cooks 100.

Along with his kitchen cohort Nancy Polinsky Johnson, Fennimore will take a fond look back at some of the top-requested recipes of all time, show regulars including Fennimore’s son Joe from toddler to teen, bloopers, and much more. Viewers will have the opportunity to keep QED Cooks and programs like it on the air by becoming members or renewing their membership with WQED during the program. A commemorative QED Cooks 100 cookbook with more than 200 of the best and most sought after recipes in QED Cooks history will be available as a thank-you gift.

QED Cooks started in August 1993 when Fennimore had a large harvest of zucchini that summer from the community garden where he volunteered his time. Not knowing how successful the program would be, the first show (Zucchini Cheesecake) wasn’t even recorded. “Nancy and I brought in all the bowls and other utensils from our own kitchens and we used a folding table as our set,” said Fennimore.

Today, over 600 local home-cooks and chefs have graced the set in WQED’s Studio C for the 106 cooking marathons WQED has produced. National PBS chefs like Lidia Bastianich, WQED Board of Directors member and host of Lidia’s Italy and Lidia Celebrates America (seen on WQED-TV) and Mary Ann Esposito, host of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito have also partnered with Fennimore and WQED for several cooking specials over the years. Locally through the Steel City Chefs series, WQED partnered with local restaurant chefs like Daniel Leiphart, Executive Chef from Isabela On Grandview and Michele Savoia, Executive Chef and Owner of DISH Osteria and Bar to give viewers the opportunity to learn how to make their favorite restaurant dishes and receive gift certificates for those restaurants.

From the over 100 QED Cooks marathons, 16 have been distributed to public television stations around the country through PBS and American Public Television (APT) as the America’s Home Cooking series. These cookbooks are available for purchase from SHOP WQED by calling 1-800-271-1307 or by going to

QED Cooks also has its own webpage complete with selected recipes, a full list of available cookbooks and a monthly blog written by Fennimore.

“The only reason why this show has worked so well here at WQED is that we have such a concentration of great home cooks who have been generous enough to share their family treasures with their friends and neighbors,” said Fennimore.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and The WQED Education Department.

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