Kitchen Dads Cliff Pelloni is Winner in the Nationwide Create Cooking Challenge

Kitchen Dads Cliff Pelloni is Winner in the Nationwide Create Cooking Challenge
Sponsored by American Public Television (APT) the Create team received video submissions from across the country for its 3rd annual Create Cooking Challenge, with viewers participating from over 80 local public television stations. This highly competitive national contest highlighted both professional and home-based chefs who shared their culinary ability, knowledge, and expertise with viewers via a video that featured their favorite culinary tips, recipes or idea.

“It was an honor to be selected again as one of the contest winners by some of the top chefs in the country. I’ve watch many of these chefs on television and eaten in their restaurants. It’s very satisfying knowing they enjoyed both my video and my cooking” says Pelloni.

The competition was judged by CreateTV staff and a panel of public television chefs: Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Kitchen), Sara Moulton (Sara’s Weeknight Meals), Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster (co-hosts of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country), Kevin Belton (New Orleans Cooking With Kevin Belton), and Steven Raichlen (Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke).

Pelloni’s winning video entry this year was Grilled Romaine Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Tomatoes. In 2016 his entry, Grilled Cauliflower Buffalo Bite was selected as a winner. Both videos can be viewed on his Youtube channel – Kitchen Dads Cooking.

“Kitchen Dads is all about teaching people how to have fun in the kitchen while learning how to cook simple, delicious meals which everyone will love. I grew up with a family who loved to eat and loved to cook, and I want to pass on that legacy to my children. Through Kitchen Dads, I am teaching my boys about cooking real food in a fun way. I’m not a professional—I’m just a dad who loves to cook. A Kitchen Dad,” states Pelloni. 

Pelloni also recently released his first cookbook – Kitchen Dads The Basics. “It’s was great month, in addition to being selected as a winner in the contest, my first cookbook was released. The Basics is really like two books in one, the first half is all about teaching the basics of cooking and the second half is over 90 of my easy-to-make and delicious recipes. Doesn’t matter if you are a home cook pro or just starting out, there is something in it for everyone,” Pelloni said.

About Cliff Pelloni: Cliff Pelloni is not a professional chef, just a Dad who loves to cook. He grew up in a family who loved food and cooking and wanted to pass that legacy on to his kids.
He started Kitchen Dads as a way to preserve family recipes while teaching his kids some basic cooking skills.

Since its inception it has grown into a movement to get not only more Dads in the kitchen but a place where both kids and adults alike can learn how to cook simple, healthy, delicious meals which their families will love and have fun making.

His weekly Kitchen Dads internet cooking show is seen by people in over 170 countries around the world. Recipes can be viewed at

About Create: Create is the premier lifestyle channel featuring public television’s most popular how-to series: cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening, and arts and crafts.
Create is produced and distributed by American Public Television (APT), WNET New York, and WGBH Boston, in association with National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and PBS.

Create TV is carried by 238 local public television stations nationwide, reaching 85% of USTVHH and is seen in 21 of the top 25 U.S. television markets.
Create’s companion website features extensive video, projects, tips, recipes, the Create TV schedule, featured program titles, and hosts.


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