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New Milwaukee PBS Program Premieres in May Presenting the Local Flavor of MATC Student Chefs 

Series Follows MATC's Culinary Arts Program: Watch Students Transform into Chefs on 'Cook.Plate.Dine'’™

April 13, 2018

Southeastern Wisconsin is about to get a taste of what it takes to become a professional chef. Cook.Plate.Dine.™ showcases the art of cooking, with a real, authentic look at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s culinary arts associate degree program. Cook.Plate.Dine.™ premieres on Milwaukee PBS10 on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.


The four-part series follows student chefs as they master the art and science of cooking, from basic knife skills and egg cookery to preparing fine dining meals at MATC's Cuisine Restaurant. Each episode highlights the triumphs and teachable moments that come from the rigorous, hands-on learning happening in the state-of-the-art kitchens on MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus while the students, chef instructors, and alumni of the program tell their stories of the impact of getting a culinary arts education.


Each episode will feature local celebrity chefs who are also MATC alumni, including Chef Erin Broderick of Eggs & Bakin' food truck, Chef James Golombowski of Western Racquet Club, ChefJoe Bartolotta and Chef Zach Espinosa from Mr. B's - A Bartolotta Steakhouse, Chef Karen Bell from Bavette La Boucherie, Chef Bennie Smith of Daddy's Soul Food & Grille, Chef Lisa McKay of Lisa Kaye Catering, and Chef Mitch Ciohon of Taco Moto. The final episode presents the students tackling aThanksgiving meal, in partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department and Messmer High School.


A free screening of the first episode of Cook.Plate.Dine.™ will take place on Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in MATC’s Cooley Auditorium and is open to the public. Tickets are free, but limited, and reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preview-screening-for-milwaukee-pbs-new-show-cookplatedine-tickets-43902284916.


Cook.Plate.Dine.™ will air Thursdays in May on Milwaukee PBS 10 at 7:30 p.m., premiering on Thursday, May 3, with the finale on Thursday, May 24.


About Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee PBS is southeastern Wisconsin’s premier non-commercial media organization. Milwaukee PBS consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and four additional digital television services. The Milwaukee PBS stations are the area’s only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs. The stations are watched by over 627,770 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Milwaukee PBS is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. MATC is a two-year vocational-technical college based in Milwaukee, WI offering day, evening and weekend classes on four campuses. For more information, visit www.MilwaukeePBS.org.


About MATC

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 37,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers 200 academic programs; transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees with more than 40 four-year colleges and universities.Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.



Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer, eatones@matc.edu, (414) 297-8229

Julie Hill Lehr, Manager-Marketing and Community Engagement, hilllej@matc.edu, (414) 297-7518

Ginny Gnadt, MATC Media Relations, gnadtv@matc.edu,  (414) 297-6770