Whiskey: A Chef’s Journey
If you like whiskey, food, travel, and learning new things about places all over the world, you've come to the right place! Follow us as we take you on a culinary and spirited journey that will inspire tasty dishes that complement the travel and adventure each episode brings.
Inclusion StatementThis show was created by a woman and stars a strong female chef who travels the globe in search of cities with rich whiskey and food cultures. Each location will feature the diversity of the city’s people, history, food, and whiskey.
About The Project
Whiskey: A Chef's Journey is a high-energy, pop-culture, half-hour, docu-reality show starring Chef Louise Leonard, who's on a mission to learn more about whiskey for her cooking. With each episode she takes off to a new place to immerse herself in the food and whiskey culture of that city. While there, she'll find the inspiration for what she will cook up by episode’s end. These outings will highlight her personality as well as the people she meets along the way.
We plan to connect with at least one restaurant owner, chef, or culinary enthusiast in each city we visit in order to find out what culinary delight is really popular in that community. We'll also meet a local spirits expert to learn about the area's whiskey culture before seeking out everyday food and spirits patrons.
The food and beverage scene of a city would not be complete without discovering which activities and local traditions attract visitors. This could be anything from sipping on some High West Whiskey after skiing and snowboarding in Utah…
…to participating in a bike race in the Big Apple before visiting Tuthilltown Spirits, makers of Hudson Whiskey.
Why are we using Seed & Spark instead of some other platform?
We LOVE Seed&Spark because it's a crowdfunding platform designed specifically for media campaigns, something we feel is important since they specialize in our industry. We also love its creators' commitment to diversity and inclusivity in front of AND behind the camera.
JOIN OUR TEAM
When you contribute to our campaign, you are supporting a show that:
• Increases REPRESENTATION on screen by having a woman host who visits all types of people and immerses herself in their cultures.
• Values DIVERSITY behind the camera with a female Executive Producer and female Native American (Apache) Line Producer, as well as a diverse crew.
• Encourages ACTION to visit new places, try new things, and meet new people.
Our $15,000 goal is what we need to raise for pre-production of the series pilot.
· If we raise $12,000, we'll be able to cover gear and rental costs!
· If we raise $14,000, we'll be able to cover the costs for our filming permits!
· If we raise $15,000, we'll be able to pay for all office supplies and miscellaneous needs during pre-production and be ready to move on to our production campaign!
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We hope to screen WHISKEY: A CHEF’S JOURNEY on television or a streaming service by the middle of 2020. We're in talks with several networks and streaming platforms, so it's critical that we deliver the best possible pilot, particularly while there's a clear need for entertaining and educational, spirit-focused content.
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About This Team
Louise Leonard is a chef, food personality, stylist, booze lover, and bon vivant, living the bi-coastal life between Los Angeles and New York. She was crowned the winner of Season 2 of ABC’s prime time hit, The Taste, where she was chosen from a nation-wide search to compete with professional chefs and home cooks. She is also works with Kin Community, YouTube’s #1 multi-channel for women, as host, recipe developer, and stylist.
Other work includes styling for the Emmy-award winning Top Chef, as well as styling for Top Chef Masters, MasterChef, The Chew, Access Hollywood, and Next Food Network Star. She also styled celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso’s The Busy Mom’s Cookbook and is a regular contributor to Vegetarian Times.
Louise specializes in cooking with wine and spirits and is a staunch advocate of supporting local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Often led by her love of food, she loves to travel and explore and is known for her ability to pull elements from cuisines around the world that will pair well with her favorite libations.
CREATOR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Kerry Moynahan grew up in San Jose, CA. and moved to Los Angeles after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University. Kerry began her career working on numerous sitcoms, reality programs, and films. She quickly moved her way up in Television and became a Producer at the E! Network and a member of the Producers Guild of America. Kerry has worked on many Emmy-nominated programs, including, to name a few, Hollywood Squares, The Taste, and Dancing with the Stars. Kerry is also a big fan of Whiskey. So much so that she joined a half-dozen whiskey clubs in the Los Angeles area, became a Certified Bourbon Steward and a Certified Bartender, and holds a certificate of completion at the Scotch Experience in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Philip Dobard is President of the Center for Culinary Culture and serves as Director of The Cocktail Museum. He leads Nitty Grits Media and produces the Center's Pacific Taste, The Thoughtful Feast, and Touring the Cocktail events. He serves as Spirits Editor of Drink Me Magazine and Bonfort's Wine and Spirits Journal, contributes to several other publications, among them and The Tasting Panel Magazine, and regularly serves as a judge at cocktail, spirits, and cooking competitions.
Philip produced the series Deadtime Stories for Nickelodeon, and his film Grave Secrets enjoyed its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival. He served as General Director of Opera Columbus and Professor of Arts Policy and Administration at The Ohio State University. At the University of New Orleans, Philip directed the Graduate Program in Arts Administration and conducted research sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pew Charitable Trusts. He completed graduate studies at UCLA and is an advisor to the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles.
Trina DeMattei has worked in Production for over a decade on numerous televisions shows, feature films, commercials, and music videos. Currently Trina resides in Los Angeles and Produces digital content for Conde Nast Entertainment. She loves the challenge of working in the various forms of entertainment. Trina's main hobby is world travel. She has backpacked over 29 countries, and has worked in 30 U.S. States and in 4 countries.