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The Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay


My mission has always been to educate people to respect and conserve our natural resources by promoting healthy, local, bay and body friendly food.

I have devoted my career and life to celebrating and protecting the Chesapeake region and our local food economy.  Those themes are expressed throughout my many cookbooks and public TV cooking shows. My latest book, the New Chesapeake Kitchen is a mix of cooking, philosophy, lifestyle, and education, and is what guides my educational outreach projects.  

John's newest book, The New Chesapeake Kitchen, celebrates John's decades of exploring and championing the Chesapeake region. This volume articulates his essential philosophy, as well as his commitment to, and love for the Chesapeake—its land and waters, its people, its history & its food traditions.


Located in the Baltimore Museum of Art, Gertrude's Chesapeake Kitchen is one of Baltimore’s culinary gems and a neighborhood staple for more than 20 years. 


Our Common Table is John Shields’ call to action to rebuild our local food economy consists of promoting healthy, local, bay and body friendly food that brings us all to a common table. To support and create initiatives and partnerships that engage communities to live, learn, and protect the bounty of the Chesapeake region.

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Upcoming Events

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"The New Chesapeake Kitchen" at Govans Library
"The New Chesapeake Kitchen" at Govans Library
"Chef, author and television personality John Shields is the owner of the celebrated Gertrude's Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. His most recent cook book The New Chesapeake Kitchen is an urgent call to embrace new growing, producing, eating & cooking practices that are "Healthy for Bay..
Apr 15, 2023, 2:00 PM – Apr 16, 2023, 3:00 PM
Govans Library ,
5714 Bellona Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212, USA
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