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UH Moment: Students Season Their Skills with New Cooking Show

“It’s a win-win for all parties involved.”

University of Houston students in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication are teaming up with the nonprofit Recipe for Success Foundation to serve up a series of web videos about healthy eating.

The series, "Chefs in the Field," features area chefs who cook simple, healthy dishes using vegetables and herbs picked fresh from the farm.

"It's a win-win for all parties involved," said Temple Northup, class instructor and director of the Valenti School. "Our students get this invaluable experience of shooting in a really challenging location and creating a web series. Recipe for Success gets the benefit of having a web series produced while providing an educational opportunity for our students."

The students film and edit each episode, and build a website to host the episodes and other supporting information about the vegetables or recipes.

"This is really a great introduction for students to learn the technical aspects of videography, photography and graphic design, and to think about how to use those different tools to effectively communicate their stories," Northup said.

Northup hopes the "Chefs in the Field" concept will be seen as a valuable resource to be aired on public television to educate kids about healthy food choices.

"This is very much a taste of what the series could be and an experiment to learn what works and what doesn't work so if we do expand it, it could be a good opportunity," Northup said.