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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.

On Television

John has two television series: "Coastal Cooking with John Shields" and "Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields."

Coastal Cooking with John Shields

Produced by Maryland Public Television
Distributed by American Public Television

John and the gang, including Kitchen Goddess Andrea Farnum, traveled the watery highways and byways of America meeting good friends old and new, discovering fabulous food both traditional and trendy, and fun local celebrations.

Thanks to our sponsors Phillips Seafood and Gertrude’s Restaurant.





Episode Guide

#101 California Coastal
#102 The Caribbean Melting Pot
#103 Pacific Northwest
#104 Ready, Set, Party
#105 Carolina On My Mind
#106 Fry Babies
#107 Coastal Crab Festival
#108 Coastal Tailgate
#109 Asian Melting Pot
#110 Cowboy Coastal
#111 Old Cape Cod
#112 Down On The Bayou
#113 Clambake 101

Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields

Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields is not only a fantastic cookbook, it was a public television series as well! John traveled around the Chesapeake Bay, collected family recipes from colorful people, and invited them to cook on his show. The result: Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields. Traveling by car, boat, and golf carts, the crew of CBC shot everything on location around the Bay. They set up camp in people's homes, restaurant kitchens and dining rooms, even private backyards. Why spend so much time and expense? John says it best: "If you want to know the food of the Chesapeake Bay region, you have to meet the people and see how they live."

Thanks to our sponsor Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Episode Guide

#101 Crab Cakes & Baseball (Baltimore, MD)
#102 Kids-a-Cookin' (Bishops Head)
#103 Colonial Cooking (Annapolis, MD)
#104 Volunteer Fire Hall Dinner (Millington & Chestertown, MD)
#105 Fourth of July (Reedville, VA)
#106 Sotterley Plantation (St. Mary’s County, MD)
#107 Chesapeake Crab Feasts (Baltimore, Dundalk, MD)
#108 Oysters, Oysters, Oysters (Chincoteaque, VA)
#109 The Chesapeake Island (Tangier Island & Smith Islands)
#110 Little Italy (Baltimore, MD)
#111 Chesapeake Breakfasts (Salomons & Tilghman Island, MD)
#112 National Hard Crab Derby (Crisfield, MD)
#113 The Inn at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, MD)