A ‘Questionable Taste’ cooking show filmed in Peterborough highlights local food in the Kawarthas region

“Questionable Taste” announcer Ray Galletti with Lakefield-born musician Royal Wood during the fourth episode of the cooking show, which was filmed in Peterborough and broadcast on BelleVeep TV. The six-episode series, which will launch on YouTube in 2022, features celebrity guests trying to recreate a favorite recipe with at least one locally sourced ingredient. (Image credits to Chad Maker)

A new cooking show filmed in Peterborough highlights local food in the Kawarthas region with the help of celebrities.

questionable taste Actor Ray Galletti seesvery difficult casesAnd ransomAnd zombiesAnd My previous loveAnd NucleusCelebrity guests are welcomed into the kitchen as they try to reinvent a favorite recipe using locally sourced ingredients.

Co-directed by Peterborough natives Chad Maker and Kirk Comrie and filmed by Peterborough’s Michael Hercombe, the six-episode series was designed by Galletti’s director Ryan Goldhar, who is also the show’s executive producer.

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Galiti is not a chef but he loves to cook and Goldhar suggested he do a cooking show, Meeker told kawarthaNOW.

“Kirk, Ray, and I have been good friends since we worked together on My Ex-Ex,” says Maker. “When Ray brought up the idea to us, we brainstormed a bit and came up with the idea for some celebrity to come and cook with him.”

Celebrity guests appeared in the first season of questionable taste It includes Toronto comedians Selma Hindi and actress Catherine Barrell (better known as Sheriff Nicole Hutt in Winona Earp, also married Galette (the couple celebrated the birth of their son in September), Toronto-based singer-songwriter Martina Ortiz-Lewis, along with three local celebrities: musician and Lakefield resident Royal Wood, and writer Chantelle Besson Murdoch puzzles Star Yannick Besson, owner of Chantilly Place on Lake Chandos in North Kawartha.

Video: Yannick and Chantel Besson on ‘Doubtful Taste’ with Ray Galletti

“Maybe the magic is that the dishes work well and maybe they don’t,” Maker says of the concept behind the show. “But the conversation is going to be great and the journey through the recipe will be fun regardless. And I think it was Kirk who shot the show after we came up with some ideas.”

Maker and Comrie attended Thomas A. Stewart High School in Peterborough together and went on to found Toronto-based film marketing and distribution company A71 Entertainment, which has brought several independent films to Peterborough in the past decade. In 2019, the couple sold the film distribution part of the business to Vortex Media, and renamed the marketing division Key Art + Design.

“Key Art primarily does movie poster art and trailers for film and television, but it also provides us with the opportunity to pursue our creative production projects like Tasteable Taste,” says Maker.

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While Maker says they plan to make the episodes available on YouTube in the spring of 2022, questionable taste Currently available on Bell Fibe TV1 and the Bell Fibe TV app.

“Kirk and I were introduced to Paul Gardner at Fibe TV, who mentioned to us that Fibe TV had added Peterborough to funding the regional production,” Meeker recalls. “So Ray, Kirk and I pitched the show to Paul and John Buffone on Fibe TV, adding the angle we’d use and featuring a local component or two in each episode.”

With its focus on local ingredients, questionable taste It also houses some of the Kawarthas’ local food producers and suppliers, including Daemin Whetung of Black Duck Wild Rice at Curve Lake First Nation, Greg Elmhirst of Elmhirst’s Resort in Keene (who hosted crew and guests during COVID safe production), and Grant Slavin of department store Sweet Beast Butcher Shop in Peterborough, Anthony Lennon of The Food Shop in Peterborough, and Keri Gray of Indigenous Treats in Alderville First Nation.

"questionable taste" Co-director Kirk Comrie (left) and cinematographer Michael Hercombe (right) with Grant Slavin of the Sweet Beast Butcher Shop in Peterborough and host Ray Galletti in a clip for episode five.  The culinary show also highlights some of the local food producers and suppliers in Kawarthas.  (Image credits to Chad Maker)
“Doubtful Taste” co-director Kirk Comrie (left) and cinematographer Michael Horcomb (right) with Grant Slavin of the Sweet Beast Butcher Shop in Peterborough and host Ray Galletti in a clip for Episode 5. The culinary show also highlights some of the local food producers and suppliers in Kawarthas. (Image credits to Chad Maker)

The proposal was supported by Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED), through Economic Development Officer Joe Rees and Director of Marketing and Communications Kelly Jessup.

“Joe Reese and I met when Kirk and I were hosting the Canadian independent film series in Market Hall, and we’ve kept in touch about various ideas about bringing more TV and film productions to the region,” explains Maker. “It was a natural fit when he and my agent at PKED showed him and they were incredibly supportive and great at connecting us to local suppliers. PKED will be showing off some of the additional QT content we have produced for them sometime in the new year.”

Foxy, who returned to Peterborough from Toronto in 2016, lives in East City and is the kitchen part of questionable taste It was filmed at his home.

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“The food culture here is fantastic, the local farms and stores are vibrant, and every vendor we deal with was willing to help,” says Maker. “I’m proud to be from Peterborough, so highlighting how amazing the area is and helping draw attention to local vendors is fun.”

As for another season of questionable taste, Meeker is optimistic.

“We’d like to do more episodes,” he says. “The more views we get on Bell Fibe TV, the more social engagement we hope will lead to Season 2 – and we already have a few guests in the queue. In the meantime, we’re also promoting sales agents to see if we can sell the show across the board. around the world “.

Peterborough residents behind the camera "questionable taste" With Shantelle Bisson of Shantilly's Place on Chandos Lake: Cinematographer Michael Horcomb (left) with co-directors Chad Maker and Kirk Comrie of Key Art + Design.  (Image credits to Chad Maker)
Peterborough Natives behind a Questionable Taste camera with Chantelle Bison from Chantilly Place on Lake Chandos: Cinematographer Michael Horcombe (left) with co-directors Chad Maker and Kirk Comrie of Key Art + Design. (Image credits to Chad Maker)

In addition to launching the first season on YouTube in 2022, Maker says they plan to release more additional content through the show’s social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.

Maker adds that Key Art + Design is also working on another project already being filmed in Peterborough: a music show called Cover 2 Cover, developed by Michael Hercombe, to be completed in early 2022.

“We also have some film projects still in development that are partnering with us on a VR project for science centers and museums called Spacewalk: The Virtual Experience, which is in the final stages of production with a goal of debuting later in 2022,” Maker says.

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"questionable taste" Host Ray Galletti with Greg Elmhirst in Elmhirst's Resort's wine cellar during a class in Episode 4.  The Elmhirst's Resort also hosted cast and guests during the COVID-safe filming of the series.  (Image credits to Chad Maker)
“Questionable Taste” host Ray Galletti with Greg Elmhurst in the wine cellar at Elmhirst’s Resort during a segment in Episode 4. The Elmhirst’s Resort also hosted cast and guests during the COVID-safe filming of the series. (Image credits to Chad Maker)

Besides helping to bring production to Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Maker is part of the task force lobbying the Ontario government to create a Film and Television Production Fund for Southeast Ontario.

Similar to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, which encourages and catalyzes economic development initiatives in Northern Ontario, the Southeast Ontario Production Acceleration Fund (SEOPAF) will do the same for local film and television production in Southeast Ontario.

“If successful, SEOPAF will extend from Kawarthas to the edge of Ottawa along Trans-Canada and the 401 corridor, and could provide millions of dollars in production work and economic development for the region as well as job creation,” explains Meeker.

For more information, visit www.seopaf.ca.

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