New Interactive TV Show Tickles Taste Buds

Video blogs and healthy food are in the recipe for Taste Buds, a new television series being produced by Toronto’s marblemedia Interactive.

marblemedia says that production has begun on what’s being described as a food adventure series for children. Produced in association with TVO, Taste Buds will debut air this fall on TVOKids after school block in addition to Knowledge Network, Access Alberta and SCN.

Created by marblemedia partners Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg Taste Buds is 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.

“We created Taste Buds to inspire kids to be fearless about discovering new foods. By watching the hosts create, taste and experience new foods, viewers will discover healthy and nutritious ideas in the kitchen,” said Mark Bishop, Executive Producer and Partner of marblemedia.

Taste Buds will stimulate kids aged 7 to 10 by focusing each half hour on a theme such as foods that crunch, foods that fuel, even foods that smell. The 13 episodes will be shot at various locations around Toronto and Southern Ontario and will continue production through late March.

“Taste Buds showcases the quality and values our viewers expect: fun, healthy living and great children’s programming. marblemedia has a reputation for producing quality content for children that is innovative and manages the perfect blend of education and entertainment. This is why marblemedia is a perfect partner for TVOKids and why we are proud to be part of the development and production of this project,” said Patricia Ellingson, Creative Head, Children’s Media for TVOntario.

The scrumptious episodes follow young buddies Avery and Lily as they lead viewers on new taste adventures exploring the culture, history, science and art behind different foods. Also helping out in the kitchen is their adult co-host Matt, a chef and fellow Taste Bud who is passionate about food and eager to share his expert knowledge.

Another colourful character is the high-tech Chillbot 3000, a voice-activated computer fridge that outputs recipes, facts and tips in a flash. More amazingly, Chillbot also connects the Taste Buds to one of four field correspondents: Health Meister, Science Whiz, World Traveller and History Buff, each of whom provides the hosts with 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 the yummy recipes seen on the show. Produced by marblemedia Interactive, the site launches in August, 2008 just prior to the fall television show airdate.

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