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Show's creator introducing next move in popular series

June 26, 2014
By CRAIG GARRETT ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The creator of the "Real Food Real Kitchens" cooking series will introduce the next phase of his popular show with a rollout at the Sundial Resort and Spa in Sanibel.

The July 16 event at Sundial is hosted by Craig Chapman, the show's creator. His popular series will be introduced this fall on the Create Network, a non-commercial television service that airs how-to, cooking and DIY programs. It is part of the public television network. "Real Food Real Kitchens" has been broadcast on Hulu, a website and streaming-video service. Chapman will provide five seasons of his show on Create, he said, thirteen episodes per season. He will screen two of his shows at the Sundial event, which will include food tastings. Tickets will benefit the FISH charity in Sanibel.

"I haven't quite wrapped my mind around this yet," said Chapman, 40, who lives in Melbourne, Florida, and has a vacation home in Sanibel. He talked about the Sundial rollout at the Sanibel Public Library. "It's very exciting."

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Craig Chapman

Chapman is an independent television producer who has lived in New York City over the last few years. He has worked in reality, promotional and video productions. The idea for "Real Food Real Kitchens" percolated over the years, but took hold in 2010.

"It seemed to resonate with everyone," said Chapman, a University of Central Florida graduate. Hulu picked up the series, which features everyday people doing their thing in the kitchen. In contrast, most popular culinary shows feature chefs or professional situations. He is also publishing a "Real Food Real Kitchens" magazine that profiles food trends, recipes, cooks, shopping tips and plenty of photos, mostly of regular people engaging in their favorite pastime.

The television series is now part of the Taste Network, the magazine a slice of the Readers Digest publications, he said.

The Sundial event will feature one of his more popular shows on southern cooking, a new episode on a southern table favorite, grits and shrimp. The program focuses more on the relationships and culture of food, the bond many families feel at the dinner table, he said. The shows offer a range of cultures and cooking choices, from formal to snacks and casual. The profiles, as the show's name suggests, are regular cooks sharing the joy of the kitchen.

That his success is evolving so quickly, Chapman said, "it's probably not the norm. But, naturally, it's exciting."

Details and viewing of the "Real Food Real Kitchens" series are available at



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