A plate of beef enchiladas.

PBS Wisconsin viewer places in Create TV Cooking Challenge

June 17, 2022 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

American Public Television (APT), the original home to public television’s culinary experts and sponsor of the Create Cooking Challenge: My Family’s Recipe, has announced that PBS Wisconsin viewer Daniel Torrez has placed 10th in this year’s competition.

Torrez, from Verona, submitted a video and recipe for beef enchiladas.

“It’s one of those dishes that allows me to go back in time and see myself with my family — my siblings, my mom, my dad,” Torrez said of the recipe. “This was one of the dishes my mom would make. We grew up in a very humble life and my mom could make anything out of small things and make it into a big meal, and this was one of those. Everything about it speaks my mom. I learned how to cook because of her and that’s one of the dishes I go to when I just want to take myself back home.”

Torrez has a lifelong love of creating memories through cooking and sharing meals, which inspired him to enter the Create TV Cooking Challenge.

“I’ve always been passionate about food my entire life, and I’ve always been interested in doing something with TV or something of that nature,” Torrez said. “I share a lot of my cooking with the friends I surround myself with … I thought, let’s just try it and see what happens. It’s just one of those things where I kind of just let myself go and be free.”

Judging the Create Cooking Challenge, which ran March 8-April 5, was a panel of some of public television’s most recognized hosts: Kevin Belton (Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana), Pati Jinich (Pati’s Mexican Table), Diane Kochilas (My Greek Table), Nick Stellino (Storytellers in the Kitchen) and Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook!).

Entrants’ online submissions included a short (two minutes or less), original video featuring their recipe’s preparation, a brief narrative about the origins of their recipe, the full recipe and a photo of the finished dish. Judging criteria included demonstrated culinary knowledge, presentation skills, telegenic appeal, unique ideas and production values.

This year’s entrants presented multi-generational recipes originating from more than 25 different countries and cultural traditions, as well as American-grown recipes representing nearly 35 regions of the country.  The winners’ recipes, as well as many select entries and some shared by the judges, will appear in Create’s new Heritage Recipe Collection at CreateTV.com.

View the collection of winning recipes here!

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