Johnston, Iowa (March 21, 2018) - Season 7 of IPTV'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 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m. This season, Charity Nebbe hosts a journey through the state to discover Iowa farmers growing cabbage, barley, cucumbers, peaches, onions and green beans. Viewers will also enjoy special episodes featuring Iowa foodie destinations, farmers markets across the state and a show dedicated to the craft cocktails, beers, wines and spirits produced in Iowa. 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 seven 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 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. "Iowa Ingredient" also airs on IPTV Create (.3). This season will feature chefs from all across Iowa, including Chef Julie Schoenherr of SoHo American Kitchen in Sioux City, Chef Eric Johnson of Iowa City, Chef Brandy Leuders of The Grateful Chef in Des Moines, Pastry Chef Jaimie Powers of DeLuxe Cakes & Pastries in Iowa City, Chef Oscar Hernandez of 712 Eat + Drink in Council Bluffs, Chef Andy Schumacher of Cobble Hill in Cedar Rapids, Chef David Baruthio of Baru 66 in Des Moines and Chef Katy Meyer of Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City. "Season 7 is our best season yet," "Iowa Ingredient" Executive Producer Debra Herbold said. "The farmers we're featuring truly love what they do, and it comes through so clearly on camera. Charity's chemistry with the chefs makes the kitchen segments a joy to watch. I'm excited for viewers to celebrate Iowa's food scene with us in this new season." Join "Iowa Ingredient" on social media for recipes, tips and tricks, behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers and more. Follow "Iowa Ingredient" on Facebook and Pinterest.  Learn more at Funding for "Iowa Ingredient" is provided by the W.T & 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. For more information about Iowa Public Television, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or  -30-

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