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‘Hey Kids’ cooking marathon heats up this weekend

From left to right, Kathy Powers, the host of the KVPT show “Hey Kids, Let’s Cook,” with kids from the show in 2011. PBS is showing a marathon of the series on its second channel, 18.2, this weekend.
From left to right, Kathy Powers, the host of the KVPT show “Hey Kids, Let’s Cook,” with kids from the show in 2011. PBS is showing a marathon of the series on its second channel, 18.2, this weekend. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

It was 10 years ago that Kathy Powers walked into the offices of the ValleyPBS Television offices to present her idea about a locally produced cooking show. The twist: it would be aimed at kids.

That idea grew into “Hey Kids, Let’s Cook!,” a series that was broadcast on KVPT (Channel 18.1) for five seasons. The show continued to grow and went into syndication, where it was airing in seven of the top 10 markets including: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., to reach 60% of the nation’s households.

Although KVPT stopped broadcasting the show as part of its local lineup when it was syndicated, it can be seen locally at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays on KNXT (Channel 49.1).

If you would like to get caught up with past episodes, a two-day mini-marathon of “Hey Kids, Let’ Cook!” will air Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, on KVPT (Channel 18.2). It will be part of the Create TV lineup of cooking programs that air on that second ValleyPBS channel.

Create TV was launched in 2006 as a way to show more “do-it-yourself” programs. It now reaches 44 million viewers, which includes Fresno-area viewers watching via an antenna on 18.2 or on Comcast Channel 194.

The “Let’s Cook!” programs will air 3-6:30 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, plus 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sunday, June 28.

Powers hosts the 30-minute program — along with a team of young chefs ranging in age from 6 to 13. The show helps children and teens develop cooking skills and demonstrates how to make easy, healthy recipes.

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