Calling All Chefs: Create Your Video for the 
Create Cooking Challenge

Starting today, professional chefs and home cooks who think their cooking warrants national attention may begin plotting production strategies for a short video submission for the Create Cooking Challenge: a national contest for individuals interested in winning their own web series on The official rules and a sample of the submission form are now available at to help entrants start work on their video.

The Create Cooking Challenge runs February 8 – 29, 2016. To participate, entrants must submit online a short (two minutes or less) video featuring their best culinary project, recipe, or tip. Open to home cooks and professional chefs, this contest will be judged by Create staff and an esteemed panel of public television chefs: Chris Kimball (America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country), Pati Jinich (Pati’s Mexican Table), Jacques  Pépin (Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul), Sara Moulton (Sara’s Weeknight Meals), and Chef Irie (Taste the Islands with Chef Irie).

Winners will be announced on or about April 13, 2016. Prizes range from Create merchandise to $1,000 to finance a 10-episode web series on The contest is open to entrants 18 years and older.

Those who want to enter the Create Cooking Challenge can find official contest rules at

Create is public television’s premier lifestyle channel featuring well known TV chefs. The national channel is seen locally on nearly 230 PTV stations representing more than 80% of U.S. TV households. Create reaches 46 million viewers who enjoy cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening and arts & crafts programs.

KLRU Create in June

Cool off on a hot Saturday in June with KLRU Create Saturday marathons.

June 7
Going to the Chapel
Are you planning to be a June bride? Our lifestyle experts will be with you every step of the way helping you with your big day! Who needs a wedding planner when you have Katie Brown to help you plan a simple yet elegant wedding? Julia Child and Martha Stewart will show you how to make the perfect three tiered wedding cake. After the nuptials it’s off to Fiji and Paris for the honeymoon with Joseph Rosendo and Rudy Maxa! Dinner for two, prepared by P. Allen Smith and Sara Moulton, is what’s on the menu to keep the love alive.

June 14
Stalk and Vine
Fresh from the stalk or ripe off the vine, this marathon celebrates summer’s favorite foods, corn on the cob and tomatoes. Join Chefs Joanne Weir, Christina Pirello, Vivian Howard, and many more as they grow, grill and pick these sweet and juicy treats from the garden.

June 21
Vic Rallo’s Italy
Your Italian adventure begins now, with Chef Vic Rallo! See Italy as you have never seen this beautiful country before. Vic proudly takes you to the regions where our favorite Italian dishes and wines hail from. This food trip will leave you wanting more, and in Italy there’s always more!

June 28
Patriotic Pitmasters
We are planning a big 4th! Raichlen, Christina Pirello, Chris Kimball Joe Ciminera and Sara Moulton have everything on the grill from short ribs to catfish to turkey pastrami to dessert! Your July 4th celebration!

Create for March

Create special days with these marathons each Saturday on KLRU Create.

March 1 
Let the Good Times Roll
In honor of the biggest party, on the bayou, “Laissez Les Bons Temps Roule” – Let the Good Times Roll! We’re celebrating Mardi Gras, with chefs Steve Raichlen, John Besh, John Shields, Nick Stellino and John Folse. They will be preparing the finest seafood and Cajun dishes just in time for Fat Tuesday.

March 8
Spirit of the Emerald Isle
The pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start today! Rudy Maxa, Rick Steves and Burt Wolf are your Emerald Isle tour guides. Even Irish folksinger, Tommy Makem, gets in on the exploration; visiting churches, pubs and castles in Ireland.

March 15
Taste of Ireland 
Chef Kevin Dundon invites us into his kitchen for a sampling of Irish food made with a new, fresh approach. Taste everything from the appetizers to dessert in this marathon. In addition, Kevin provides historic and cultural anecdotes about the country he loves! Kevin and you – what a way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day!

March 22
Girly Girl
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what girl girls are made of. This crafty marathon featuring Georgia Bonesteel, Donna Dewberry and Vicki Payne; make items that a little girl would adore. Whether it’s a room makeover, a doll fashion studio or room accessories with the perfect feminine touch, the little girl in your life will feel pretty in pink!

March 29
Rise and Shine
What’s the most important meal of the day? Breakfast of course! Start your day with creative crepes, perfect pancakes and excellent eggs prepared by chefs Lidia Bastianich, Hubert Keller and Pati Jinich. With this caliber of cooks in the kitchen, you’ll never miss breakfast again!


Create for February

Create special days with these marathons each Saturday on KLRU Create.

February 1
Big Game Snack Attack
With Superbowl Sunday coming up, you’d better plan a giant “snack attack” for your fellow sports fans.  Whether its pizza, burgers, chicken or wings that are your favorites; Steven Raichlen, John Shields and Katie Brown will provide inspiration for a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family.  Katie Brown will show you the secret for throwing a victorious sports night party and then learn the art of the tailgate with Steven Raichlen and John Shields.  We may not know who will win the big game, but we do know that your menu will be filled with tasty treats!

February 8    
So In Love
It’s Valentine’s Day and you are so in love!  Lifestyle experts Katie Brown, Martha Stewart, Julia Child and Christine Pirello will show you how to take your romance to the next level!   With this team of ladies in your corner, February 14th will be an unforgettable day for you and your sweetie.

February 15  
African Roots
Come with world travelers Regina Fraser, Pat Johnson, Art Wolfe, and Joseph Rosendo to the vast continent of Africa.  From the northern countries to the most southern tip, and everything in between, you’ll be on a fantastic voyage!  Go wine tasting in South Africa and on a safari in Kenya.  Then go into the kitchen with Chef John Folse and cultural expert Burt Wolf to learn about the African influences in American recipes.  African roots stretch far and wide!

February 22  
California Dreamin’
This trip to the West Coast, is a dream come true!  Bike through Napa’s wine country with Ira David.  Joseph Rosendo takes us far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, to other parts of Los Angeles for an unexpected good time.  Venture off to the beautiful island of Catalina with Doug McConnell.  Eureka, it’s California!

Create for January

Create special days with these marathons each Saturday on KLRU Create.

January 4
Happy Resolutions
Our Create chefs, Christina Pirello, Joe Ciminera and Laura Theodore get your New Year off to a healthy start with recipes that are good for mind, body and soul. They are offering up scrumptious dishes that will make you feel good inside and out. These are healthy resolutions you will want to keep all year long!

January 11
And the Winner Is…
Three cheers and congratulations to Create chef – Lidia Bastianich on her recent Daytime Emmy win! Always at the top of her game, Lidia prepares the most scrumptious meals. Best wishes and continued success to Lidia Bastianich!

January 18 
Island Hoppin’
This marathon will spark the imagination to flights of fancy — to exotic island locations around the world. Travel to the islands of Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Vincent and New Zealand. Spend your day relaxing in the warm sun.

January 25
Like “New”
The New Year is here and there’s no better way to spend it than to travel to “New” places. World traveler, Burt Wolf will take you to New Orleans and the boardwalk at New Jersey’s Atlantic City. New Zealand is on Rudy Maxa’s itinerary. Travel “Grannies”, Pat Johnson and Regina Fraser tour New Delhi, India. You’ll stay with us all day, because you like “new.”

Create Marathons in December!

KLRU Create will have Saturday and Sunday marathons this December!

Craft in America
December 7
This marathon is for the crafting community! What’s your craft of choice? Get inspiration by the man artists and the mediums they choose to express themselves. From woodworking to quilting, from painting to glass blowing, you’ll get a history lesson of craft in America.

Be Cool
December 14
Pack your winter gear, we’re going on a jaunt to the some of the coldest regions in the world. Burt Wolf, Joseph Rosendo and Art Wolfe will take you on unforgettable journey through Alaska and Switzerland. Chef Tina Nordstrom is on a great adventure in Sweden – ice fishing and reindeer races are just some of the exciting activities she’ll be participating in. ou’ll have no choice but to be coo when this marathon is on.

Joy to the World 
December 21
Join us as we celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa with the help of some of our favorite Create friends. With traditions of the holidays provided by travel expert and cultural historian Burt Wolf; and holiday recipes from Mary Ann Esposito, Katie Brown and Ian Knauer, you’ll be celebrating the season with warmth and good cheer. Happy Holidays!

Midnight Celebration
December 28
Five! Four! Three! Two! One! HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’re having a New Year’s open house and you’re invited! Indulge in the tasty appetizers prepared by our exceptional chefs Hubert Keller, Katie Brown, and Andreas Viestad. Then, toast to the New Year with globe trekker Rick Steves, as you tour France’s Champagne Region. We’re planning to bring in 2014 with an unforgettable party and we hope that you’ll be there too!.

Saturday Marathons for October

KLRU Create will inspire you to craft something new with these Saturday theme days in October.
10/5 – Journey to Latin America
Travel the Caribbean and South America in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.  Joseph Rosendo, Rudy Maxa and Pati Jinich will take you to Mexico, Puerto Rico and beyond.  You’ll be overwhelmed by the rich history, beautiful landscapes, tasty cuisine and cultural experiences.  This is a trip you don’t want to miss!

10/12 – Andiamo in Italia
Who doesn’t love a good bowl of pasta? In honor of Columbus Day, Create is celebrating with all things Italian! We’re inviting you to authentic Italian kitchens and historic cities and highlighting the best Italian inspired recipes.  Leading the celebration are chefs Nick Stellino and Mary Ann Esposito and world traveler Burt Wolf.  Join us to learn a little Italian culture this Columbus Day and Andiamo in Italia!

10/19 – Lose It or Use It
As the seasons are changing, everyone is cleaning up and cleaning out. But where does that leave the things that have been on your shelf for 10 years or the broken pot in the garden? Not to mention the leftovers from last night’s dinner. Join P. Allen Smith, Katie Brown, and others to learn how to put all these things to good use, instead of taking up space. Clean up your living space and the environment with lose it to use it.

10/26 – Autumn Harvest
As the weather gets cooler, we look ahead to harvest time.  Enjoy apple, pumpkin, squash and sweet potato recipes by Katie Brown, P. Allen Smith, Joanne Weir and many more.  These versatile fruits and vegetables will keep your family wanting more!  It looks as though this year’s harvest will be plentiful.

Create Special Days in August

KLRU Create will inspire you to craft something new with these Saturday theme days in August.

August 3  Around the World in a Day
The fearless Globe Trekker team is at it again!  Ian Wright and the rest of the gang will keep the pages in your passport filled as we go continent hopping – from The Americas to Europe to Asia.  Ancient cultures and the human spirit are all yours to experience and treasure when you go globe trekking!

August 10  Kitchen Makeover
It’s time for your kitchen to cook up a new look. From cabinets to countertops, we’re making changes that run the gamut of possibilities for a modern kitchen. Vicki and Sloan Payne add lightness and beauty to a kitchen with a stained-glass window. P. Allen Smith brings the outdoors inside with a kitchen open to the elements, while Matt and Shari of “Around the House” provides ample storage space for the bustling kitchen. Your kitchen will be fabulous after its facelift.

August 17  Take it Outside
There’s more room out than there is in… So take the fun outside!  Enjoy a meal prepared on the beach by Rick Bayless.  Then go on a picnic with Katie Brown and Pati Jinich.  John Shields takes us on a clambake.  It’s summertime, and why should you stay cooped up in the house?  Laugh and enjoy yourself with family and friends in the hot weather.

August 24  Beauty and the Beach
There’s nothing better than a gorgeous beach in an exotic locale.  Take a dip in these blue lagoons across the globe: Mozambique, Africa; Sydney, Australia; and Fiji Island amidst an unforgettable landscape.  Rudy Maxa and Joseph Rosendo join you on this wet and wild trip!

August 31  Last of the Summer Fun
The unofficial end to summer is upon us.  Grillmaster Steven Raichlen has fantastic grilling tips just in time for your Labor Day barbecue.  The grill is fired up with succulent seafood, racks of ribs and pork that’s just waiting to be pulled!  Invite your friends and family over for the last of the summer fun!

Create special days in July

KLRU Create will inspire you to craft something new with these Saturday theme days in July.

July 6  Professor Martha
School is back in session and Professor Martha Stewart is your teacher.  Learn the basics of cooking from the original Domestic Diva.  Lessons in roasting, stewing and sautéing are on the syllabus.  To ensure your “A,” don’t miss an episode.

July 13  Camp Create
Parents, if your children are bored now that school is out for the summer, send them to Camp Create! Camp Create has plenty of fun activities and projects that will keep them engaged, learning and happy. Your children can craft with Katie Brown, cook with Christina Pirello and garden with Michele Beschen.  The kids are sure to have a good time at Camp Create!

July 20   Great Steak
Hope you have your steak knife and napkins near by, this marathon is sure to be juicy! There’s no need to go to a Steakhouse.  Sizzling on your own grill, enjoy a great steak. Learn the tricks of the trade on preparing the perfect steak from the masters: Steven Raichlen, Lidia Bastianich and Chris Kimball.

July 27  Just Peachy
Sweet peaches are a favorite fruit of summer.  Whether they are a part of the main course or the dessert enjoy them in a variety of recipes prepared by, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pepin and Mary Ann Esposito.  This will be a peach of a marathon!

Create Marathon for June!

KLRU Create will have Saturday marathons this June!

Summer Garden to Table – June 1
Your summer fruits and vegetables are growing beautifully. P. Allen Smith, gardener extraordinaire, will show you how to take them fresh from the garden to your dinner table. Your summer bounty will include: tomatoes, berries, salad greens and more. Enjoy the goodness straight from your backyard.

I Do!  – June 8
The month of June was made for weddings. Go ahead and take the plunge and our lifestyle experts will be with you every step of the way. Julia Child, the Grand Dame of cooking will show you how to make the perfect three tiered wedding cake. Who needs a wedding planner when you have Katie Brown, to help you plan a simple yet elegant wedding? After the nuptials it’s off to the honeymoon! Glove trekkers Rudy Maxa and Joseph Rosendo will take  you to the most romantic getaways. Dinner for two is what’s on the menu to keep the love alive. Say I do!

Men of Leisure  – June 15
In honor of Father’s Day, join the Create Men of Leisure team – featuring, Chefs Rick Bayless and Joe Ciminera; and world travelers Rick Steves and Art Wolfe. This marathon is for the ultimate male weekend warrior! There’s something for everyone. . .From grilling, to fishing, to traveling, to building and much more. There’s no time to relax, jump in and great started, because the weekend is almost over!

Very Berry – June 22
Summer time is the right time to enjoy the flavor of sweet berries – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Our talented Create chefs, Julia Child, John Besh, Chris Kimball and company will show you how to incorporate juicy berries into your favorite recipes. This will be a very berry marathon.

Taste of the USA – June 29
Begin your 4th of July Celebration! World traveler, Burt Wolf and Grill master, Steven Raichlen will transport you across this great land we call the USA. See the sites! Taste the food! Enjoy what makes America beautiful.