Canadian indie marblemedia (This is Daniel Cook) have begun production on a new food adventure series for kids that is slated to air this fall on TVO and two other regional Canadian public channels.
Entitled Taste Buds, the series targets seven- to 10-year-olds and is billed as “a hands-on television and interactive experience that invites kids to be part of the entire process of food preparation – shopping, cooking, eating and even cleaning up.”
It will debut this fall on the after school block on TVO Kids in addition to airing on other Canadian provincial educational nets such as Knowledge Network, Access Alberta and SCN.
Each half-hour episode follows two young buddies as they explore the culture, history, science and art behind different foods. Also helping out in the kitchen is their adult co-host, a chef and fellow ‘Taste Bud’ who is passionate about food and eager to share his expert knowledge.
Meanwhile, Chillbot 3000, a voice-activated computer fridge, outputs recipes, facts and tips and also connects the Taste Buds to one of four field correspondents: Health Meister, Science Whiz, World Traveller and History Buff, each of whom provides background educational information on the food they are working with.
The touch-screen interface on Chillbot will mirror the Taste Buds website by connecting users to the hosts’ video blogs, games and recipes seen on the show. Produced by marblemedia Interactive, the site launches in August 2008, just prior to the fall television show airdate.