"It's people who mean well about food but eat terribly and no one has the heart to tell them," explains Besh to Slashfood. "I go in and help them. One reason I really wanted to do the show is because I can attract a huge audience and teach people about food. Unfortunately today there are a lot of people who rely too much on overly processed food. Hopefully I can introduce them to farmers' markets, alternatives in the supermarkets and offer them some cooking tips.
The second show will be on PBS and is based on -- and shares the title of -- his 2009 cookbook, My New Orleans. The series will be a celebration of the wonderfully rich New Orleans culinary heritage. Besh is following in the footsteps of another local chef made good -- Paul Prudhomme -- and even checked with the big man to make sure he was OK with him doing the show before he took up the mantle.
"I looked up to Paul Prudhomme when I was a kid," Besh says. "We had food shows before it became the fashion. One reason I'm a chef is because we have a tradition of honoring chefs and fostering culinary arts."
"I don't want to sound big-headed, but I want to be an ambassador of New Orleans food. Creole food is a true national treasure and I want to help perpetuate it. It's a very valid and honorable thing to do."
We can't wait for the episode on po' boys. Let the good times roll!