New YouTube Channel PBS Zest Launches, 'Gumbo' Focuses On Southern Cuisine

PBS Digital Studios just debuted a new YouTube channel: PBS Zest.

The channel kicks off with “Good Gumbo,” starring New Orleans chef Phillip Lopez. In 2016, OPA named his Square Root restaurant one of the top 50 best restaurants in the U.S.

Each week, Lopez presents Big Easy dishes and celebrates a diverse Louisiana and Southern culture.

The show’s seven episodes run between eight and 12 minutes. Food topics include the Po Boy sandwich, the history of gumbo and the Bananas Foster dessert.

“Good Gumbo” examines the eclectic food heritage of the region and the various immigrant populations, French to African, that have influenced its culinary sensibilities. The show is inspired by PBS’ “No Passport Required.”

PBS Digital Studios, which produces original, digital programming for YouTube and Facebook Watch, claims more than 20 million subscribers who generate an average of 50 million views a month.

It has 18 original series streaming online, including “Serving Up Science” and the Webby Award-winner “It’s OK To Be Smart.”



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