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Baltimore, Maryland
United States

The "Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay,"John Shields is a chef, a television host and an author. His popular restaurant, Gertrude's, has been thriving at the Baltimore Museum of Art since 1998. John has written three popular cookbooks and hosted two television series on the cuisine of the region.

#102 Kids-a-Cookin'

This environmentally focused program will feature child chefs-in-the-making and recipes for appetites of all ages.


Bishops Head, Maryland
Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Karen Noonan Center and the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Guest Chefs

Whitey Schmidt
Erica Baugh
Bryan Niles


Crusty Crustacean Bread
Maryland Panfried Chicken


Producer's Notes

The Karen Noonan Center is a former hunting lodge converted into an overnight educational center for kids of all ages. Not only is it dramatically environmentally-correct (we didn't shoot the "composting toilet"), but it is isolated by a wildlife preserve! The waterside location isn't bad, either. The closest town was an hour's drive away, and some of the roads were less than civilized. On the first day of shooting, Producer Beth Nardone managed to land one of the cars into a ditch en route to the center, giving the crew much reason to chuckle. Beth's fortunes didn't improve when guest chef Whitey jokingly referred to her as "Wipe-Up Girl," a moniker that dogged Beth the rest of the production.

Related Links

Chesapeake Bay Foundation