Show-Me Chefs is going to the College Emmys

Student operating camera

Student-produced series Show-Me Chefs has been nominated for the Television Academy Foundation’s 38th College Television Awards (also known as the “College Emmys.”)

Show-Me Chefs is nominated in the Series-Unscripted category; named producers are Chelsea Eichholz, Daan Jansen and Ryan Gilyard.

Nominees will be honored in an awards ceremony, which will take place in Los Angeles on May 24. A group of students who have contributed to the show will be in attendance.

About the College Emmys

From the Television Academy Foundation:

The College Television Awards is a nationwide competition recognizing excellence in student work and spotlighting an inclusive group of talented storytellers and content creators who aspire to careers in the entertainment industry. All nominees and pre-announced award winners attend a two-day television summit prior to the awards, featuring a hands-on professional development experience and access to many of the industry’s top executives and innovators. They also become Television Academy Foundation alumni and are able to network and benefit from ongoing programs and offerings.

Regional Emmy success

Show-Me Chefs recently brought home two “Regional Emmys” from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Student Awards (NATAS). NATAS recognized Show-Me Chefs in the Long Form-Non-Fiction category, where Chelsea Eichholz, Daan Jansen and Ryan Gilyard were named as producers. It also awarded the promotional video “Show-Me Chefs Works with Local Community” in the Public Service category, where Jade Thomas, Chelsea Eichholz and C. Brian Light were named as producers.

Deb Larson
Dr. Deb Larson

About Show-Me Chefs

Since its first season in 2015, Show-Me Chefs has entertained audiences with televised culinary showdowns between area chefs. It’s quickly become a local tradition — with an emphasis on local.

Show-Me Chefs advisor Deb Larson, associate professor in the department of media, journalism and film, shared, “It sort of came to me as we were developing the show that most Americans are very disconnected from our food sources and producers.”

Larson said, “I want people to know we have all kinds of food being grown right here in southwest Missouri. Even year round you can buy fresh produce at the farmers markets. It’s a celebration of who we are.”

An innovative take on public affairs

While the connection between a cooking show and Missouri State’s Public Affairs Mission may not be readily apparent, Larson sees a lot of overlap through community engagement. “We interface with so much of the Ozarks community to produce this show,” Larson said. “There are a lot of local food producers who are out there making a living or enhancing their income through their love of growing food, and we like helping people learn about and support them.”

Learn more about how Show-Me Chefs provides real-world experience and contributes to our community.

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