Roy Choi Got a TV Show! It's Time to Break Bread with His New Program Broken Bread on KCET and Tastemade, Premiering Wednesday, May 15.
Chef Roy Choi has achieved a lot since his Kogi food truck hit the scene over a decade ago in 2008. He's opened many unique and deliciously diverse food concepts like the community conscience restaurants Locol to a Vegas hot spot called Best Friend. Roy's restaurants run the gamut while staying true to his roots and activism sensibility. Along with his prolific abilities for kicking off concepts, he's also snug with Hollywood A-listers. Since Roy's rise in the restaurant scene, many of Hollywood's biggest stars are among his loyal fans (Roy can drop names like Nicole Kidman and Elijah Wood without hesitation). He can even add to his resume a co-producing credit when Jon Favreau hit him up to consult on the indie hit film Chef.
Therefore it's hard to believe in a day and age when chefs are all over television that high profile Roy has never starred in his own show—that is, until now. He himself admitted at the premiere of his new series Broken Bread that he has come close many times to finalizing a deal for a t.v. show but ultimately never got one off the ground.
With Broken Bread broadcasting on local L.A. public television station KCET as well as everywhere on Tastemade.com, Roy has at last broke into t.v. with Broken Bread.
This is ideal programming for Roy to host. I can think of no other chef with the stature of Roy's who could be the face of a show in which the camera focuses on those at the fringes and who are, for the most part, invisible because they or the subject matter aren't "sexy" enough for t.v. Roy himself said at the premiere hosted at the majestic Wiltern Theater, "There's a lot of reality television but not enough reality on television." Broken Bread promises that reality with a good helping of hope and positivity. The show navigates hard topics like poverty, food deserts, racism, teen homelessness, hunger, among others. It also offers possible solutions given by the leaders of L.A. from Mayor Eric Garcetti to Father Gregory Boyle as well as many others who head up the fight for underserved people in the city.
I have a small appearance on Broken Bread's first episode titled "Transformation". I introduce Roy to a pizzeria in Lake Balboa featured in the show. The show opens with community centered Homeboy Bakery.
I've been on many food-related t.v. shows in my time but Broken Bread is very special. It fits Roy and it's good for us all. Give Broken Bread a chance and check it out. Airing and streaming now.