Fresh Take with Renowned Chef Matthew Kenney Announced at HWC

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Famed natural and raw food chef joins the Health & Wellness Channel™, which will begin airing on cable during the first quarter of 2012.

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Matthew is a wonderfully inspiring chef who is on the forefront of the movement to bring nature back into cooking and the culinary arts. We’re very lucky to have tapped into Matthew and his enthusiasm for something so worthwhile.

Famed natural and raw food chef Matthew Kenney has signed to host the new afternoon cooking show on Health & Wellness Channel™ beginning spring 2012. The show, Fresh Take, which will be shot from various parts of the country, including his contemporary kitchen studios in Belfast, Maine, will begin airing first quarter 2012 as part of the initial offerings from the only television channel dedicated to life, love and longevity.™

Says Health & Wellness Channel founder Drew Nederpelt, “Matthew is a wonderfully inspiring chef who is on the forefront of the movement to bring nature back into cooking and the culinary arts. We’re very lucky to have tapped into Matthew and his enthusiasm for something so worthwhile and needed in society today.”

As the owner of Matthew Kenney OKC, and the founder of the nation’s only licensed, raw-food cooking school, Matthew Kenney Academy, Matthew Kenney is the go-to authority on outside-the-box cooking.

“I wanted to do a show that could teach the average housewife or meal preparer how to create a healthy and inspired meal every day of the week. Fresh Take will focus on how to source and prepare great tasting yet nutritious and healthy meals with an eye on availability and cost.”

Randy Gruber, the VP of TV Operations for HWC, says, “Matthew’s an absolute genius at taking what most would pass up as pedestrian and uninteresting and creating great tasting and compelling meals.”

This is Matthew’s first television program.

About Matthew Kenney

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Matthew Kenney was named one of the Ten Best New Chefs in America by Food and Wine Magazine when he was just 27, and has also received two James Beard nominations for Rising Star Chef in America. He is the author of several cookbooks, including Raw Food Real World, Everyday Raw and Entertaining in the Raw.

After accompanying a friend to a “raw vegan” restaurant, the course of his life – and the health of a multitude of other people – changed forever. Despite Kenney’s diet becoming more and more focused on vegetables over time, he hadn’t fully considered making a full transition to healthful food. Though hesitant at first, he not only found this raw meal enjoyable, but was struck by the mental and physical clarity found upon dining. Almost instinctively, Chef Kenney came to the realization that his mission as a chef was to introduce more people to the benefits of a raw, vegan lifestyle. This switch to innovative Raw Food cuisine altered his entire way of cooking, eating, and living.

Matthew Kenney Cuisine promotes healthy living with ventures in New York, Madrid, Florida, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – where he launched his most ambitious project to date, the highly acclaimed raw food restaurant and academy, Matthew Kenney OKC and Matthew Kenney Academy. Heading to the Midwest on his quest to help people solve obesity and find wellness seemed like the perfect challenge – to change American eating habits from the inside out – and help spread wellness one bite at a time in the country’s most unhealthy region. Matthew Kenney OKC was named one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Forbes in 2010.

Matthew Kenney Academy boasts the first and world’s only state-licensed culinary school with an emphasis on raw and vegan cuisine, and has already hosted hundreds of students from 18 countries, sending health-focused, plant-based chefs into the battle for a healthier, more sustainable world.

About Health & Wellness Channel
Health & Wellness Channel™ is North America’s only one-stop-shop cable network for all things Life, Love and Longevity™ to begin airing on cable first quarter 2012.


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