‘Making a Chef’ to premiere May 5

Mississippi teen chef Mark Coblentz’s new television show “Making A Chef” premieres on May 5 on MPB Television. (submitted photo)
SDN Staff
Staff Writer

Starkville’s own teen celebrity chef Mark Coblentz will star in his own cooking show premiering on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television on May 5 at 1 p.m.

“Making A Chef” follows the 15-year-old chef’s passion for cooking and desire to hone his craft. The half-hour episodes will air on MPB Saturdays at 1 p.m. with an encore presentation Sundays at 10 a.m.

“My mom and grandmothers cooked, and I enjoyed helping out,” Coblentz said. “When I was older, I started watching a lot of food TV and trying the recipes myself. I then began making more complex dishes and it evolved from there.”

MPB said in a media release that Coblentz visits kitchens across Mississippi as chef and food artisans take him behind the scenes to demonstrate their favorite dishes. Then, from his kitchen, Coblentz shows viewers how to adapt what he learned to create the dishes.

The show will also include Coblentz cooking at Starkville’s Fire Station 5, grinding and cooking with corn, assembling a homemade pizza pie, grilling brisket and more.

In 2015, he was one of four young chefs selected to launch “Chopped Junior,” a Food Network TV competition series where he came in second.

Coblentz was also a top-10 finalist twice on “Master Chef Junior."