JOHNSTON, IOWA (March 21, 2019) — Season 8 of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Ingredient" will feature sizzling new episodes exploring fresh ingredients grown in Iowa, the passionate farmers who produce them and the creative chefs who cook with them. The new season premieres Thursday, April 4 at 6:30PM and Saturday, April 6 at 11:30AM. This season, Charity Nebbe hosts a journey through the state to discover Iowa farmers growing and producing peas, ginger, feta cheese, kohlrabi, cauliflower, tofu, cherries, and black beans. As always, "Iowa Ingredient" invites resourceful Iowa chefs to cook with Charity in the studio kitchen, using fresh, local ingredients to create viewer-friendly recipes that can be tried at home. "I continue to be blown away by the innovation, passion and talent of our Iowa growers and chefs," Nebbe said. "Even eight seasons into 'Iowa Ingredient', I'm still learning so much about our state and the incredible people in it. This is the most delicious kind of education, and I can't wait for more!" New episodes will premiere each week on Thursdays at 6:30PM and Saturdays at 11:30AM on statewide Iowa Public Television. "Iowa Ingredient" also airs on IPTV Create (.3). The entire season will be available for members to binge watch on IPTV Passport beginning April 4. This season will feature chefs from all across Iowa, including Chef Julie Schoenherr of SoHo American Kitchen in Sioux City, Chef Katy Meyer of Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City, Master Chef David Baruthio of Baru 66 in Des Moines, Chef Katie Porter of the Wallace Centers of Iowa in Orient and Des Moines, Chef Terrie Kohl of Country Club Market in Clive, Chef Brandy Leuders of The Grateful Chef in Des Moines, and special guest Chef Marc Navaille from Basque, France. "Season 8 has a few surprises," said Executive Producer Debra Herbold. "We're hoping some of the more unique ingredients inspire viewers to take the plunge and cook up their own delicious dishes. And we're sharpening our focus on the chefs this season, letting Charity's chemistry with them shine in the studio kitchen." Join Iowa Ingredient on social media for recipes, tips and tricks, behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers, and more. Follow Iowa Ingredient on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Learn more at Iptv.org/IowaIngredient. Funding for Iowa Ingredient is provided by the WT and Edna M Dahl Trust, Chef Lisa LaValle of Trellis Cafe, Chef Michael LaValle of Des Moines Embassy Club and Embassy Club West, and the Friends of Iowa Public Television Foundation. Iowa Public Television is Iowa's only statewide television network. IPTV's mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: IPTV (.1), IPTV KIDS (.2), IPTV WORLD (.3) and IPTV Create (.4) on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at Iptv.org.