Boone Native Sheri Castle To Host New Televised Cooking Series on PBS Beginning Tonight at 7:30

Boone native Sheri Castle

By Sherrie Norris 

We’ve found her recipes in some of our favorite state-extensive publications and we beloved possessing her return to her hometown in 2019 as unique guest speaker for Farm City Banquet. Now, we can all see Boone indigenous Sheri Castle in a new weekly PBS cooking show beginning this Thursday. Episodes will air at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays for 8 weeks, then repeat for the next 8 months. It will also air on Sunday afternoons and will also be obtainable on the web and via sure steaming platforms. (See listings down below.)

A properly-acknowledged award-winning creator, prepare dinner and speaker, Castle will host ‘The Key Ingredient,” premiering September 23 at 7:30 p.m. on PBS North Carolina. — and her very first section will consist of scenes of her grinding meal with her dad at her parents’ dwelling in Boone. 

In accordance to information and facts presented by PBS, through each 50 percent-hour episode, Castle will feature one particular regional ingredient, tracing its journey from resource to kitchen area to table. Through the sequence, she will also introduce viewers to North Carolina farmers, fishermen and cooks and will share approachable home cooking recipes and recommendations. 

“Great tales have constantly fascinated me, both listening to them and telling a handful of of my have,” Castle explained. “It’s the similar with developing fantastic recipes and gathering prime-notch ingredients that express a sense of put. It’s been an honor to crew up with PBS North Carolina, fellow cooks, farmers and artisan producers to trace regional substances we adore from the floor up, all the way to our property kitchens.” 

PBS describes “The Important Ingredient” as a modern-day get on the familiar ‘stand-and-stir’ format from Executive Producer and Director Heather Burgiss, which Castle celebrates the state’s culinary range along with notable local chefs and household cooks. With each other, Castle and her visitors will check out their connections to community ingredients and share recipes that marry southern traditions — like skillet cornbread and buttermilk biscuits with exclusive chef creations, this kind of as Chef Cheetie Kumar’s Indian-influenced coconut cornmeal upma and muscadine pie from Milk Glass Pie operator Keia Mastrianni. 

“Sheri may rub elbows with the finest cooks in the south, but she’s a homegrown North Carolina prepare dinner who always retains it actual in the kitchen area,” says PBS North Carolina CEO Lindsay Bierman. “Her doable recipes feed our souls and connect us far more deeply to our southern roots.” 

The sequence of eight episodes capabilities 4 recipes for every show, all obtainable online, with added cooking ideas from Castle introduced in weekly ‘Sheri Says’ movies. Viewers can join the dialogue by posting their have recipes and photographs to Facebook and Instagram working with hashtag #TheKeyIngredient. 

Prior to the period premiere on September 23, PBS North Carolina hosted a digital sneak peek party with Castle as host on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.. The celebration bundled a preview screening of the 1st episode, adopted by a Q&A led by Executive Producer and Director Heather Burgiss. 

New episodes of “The Essential Ingredient” will air Thursday evenings at 7:30, on PBS NC and YouTube. Full episodes will be accessible on demand at and through the PBS Movie Application throughout iOS and Apple Television set, Android Tv set, Roku, Amazon Fire Tv set, Chromecast and Samsung Sensible TVs.

 For far more info about “The Essential Ingredient” with Sheri Castle, the host, visitor cooks and recipes from the episodes, visit 

About Sheri Castle 

PBS tells us that as an award-winning meals writer, cooking teacher and general public speaker,  Castle is identified for melding culinary abilities, storytelling, and humor. “She can notify a tale though earning a memorable meal. Her inventive, very well-crafted recipes and simple advice encourage folks to cook with self-confidence and enthusiasm.”

 She’s composed 16 cookbooks as writer, collaborator or ghost author, and her function seems in dozens of publications. In 2019, the Southern Foodways Alliance named Castle amongst Twenty Living Legends of Southern Foods, contacting her “The Storyteller,” and explained as “our greatest advocate for the prosperous background of southern residence cooking.”

Castle was the topic of five brief documentaries on southern foods created by A Spoken Dish. Sheri was a featured visitor on “The Chef and The Farmer,” which is syndicated nationally by means of PBS. She was also the culinary producer on a established of 20 educational video clips for Yahoo Food stuff. 

She has been explained as a person of the most popular and seasoned cooking teachers in the region. Just one journalist stated, “Sheri Castle is one particular of the most amazing recipe developers I know, a wonderful writer, and her cooking classes are equivalent components essential info and laugh-until eventually-you-drop trenchant observation.” Sheri is a well-known speaker and demonstration chef at culinary and literary festivals, from significant- profile functions to local community gatherings.” 

Among her a lot of accolades, in 2015, Castle was 1 of 7 writers in the country accepted to the inaugural session of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s nonfiction crafting workshop at the Rivendell Writers’ Colony. 

Castle received the 2011 AIWF Basis Scholarship for Recipe Crafting introduced in honor of Julia Kid. She was on the Gilt Flavor crew that received the 2012 Bert Eco-friendly Journalism New Media Award for instructive foods content with recipes from the Global Affiliation of Culinary Specialists (IACP). 

She is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Les Dames d’Escoffier Global (LDEI.) 

She gained a BA with Honors from the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. 

Castle reported that she’s “fueled by good elements and the limitless pursuit of intriguing stories, usually about the position that foodstuff performs in our life, families, communities and society. “

She at this time resides in close proximity to Chapel Hill.

Emmy award-winning Government Producer and Director Heather Burgiss has been telling the tales of her beloved adopted property point out and establishing new series and displays for equally electronic and broadcast at PBS North Carolina since 2000. 

In “The Important Component,” Burgess potential customers the advancement, writing and course of this modern ‘stand-and-stir’ with Castle, discovering elements from the floor up with farmers, producers and recipes in the kitchen area. In casting and storylines, Burgiss seeks out special, various voices to give the audience a further glimpse and relationship into the issue at hand. 

About PBS North Carolina

As North Carolina’s statewide PBS network serving the country’s 3rd-premier general public media market, PBS NC educates, informs, entertains and evokes its statewide audience on-air, on the net and in-individual. Through its unique partnership of public financial commitment and private aid, the statewide community includes in-person engagement, electronic-1st social and on the internet content material delivery, and 4 around-the-air channels—PBS NC, the North Carolina Channel, Rootle 24/7 PBS Kids and the Explorer Channel. Its transformational events and information spark curiosity and marvel for all North Carolinians. Additionally, PBS NC serves as the backbone for North Carolina’s state’s crisis companies. Go to and join the dialogue at and @MyPBSNC on Instagram and Twitter.