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Local food show wins Emmy nomination


    Ed Kenney, host of “Family Ingredients,” in the Tahiti episode of the program.

“Family Ingredients,” the locally produced food and travel series that airs on PBS stations nationwide, was nominated today for a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding cinematography.

The show, hosted by chef-restaurateur Ed Kenney, traces the roots of a beloved local dish to its origins across the globe. The six episodes of the first season spotlighted guests and their special dishes in Japan, Okinawa, Puerto Rico, Tahiti, California and Kauai.

“We have an amazing team doing research that tells a rich story and seamlessly weaves the story together,” said producer and photographer Renea Veneri Stewart. “By the time we’re shooting, all that is done and we’re taking the experiences of our subjects and transmitting it through the lens. It comes down to preparation — we have all the tools we need to capture great moments. Then, at the end of the shoot, when (director) Ty Sanga is putting together the show, I sit with him and go frame by frame to meticulously select all the best shots and footage.”

The series, created by executive producer Heather Giugni and producers Dan Nakasone and Stewart, won a regional Emmy for its pilot on chef Alan Wong’s visit to Japan.

The show is now in production for a second season. It is co-produced by Rock Salt Media Inc. and Pacific Islanders in Communications, under Giugni, Nakasone, Stewart and Sanga.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will announce winners of the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on April 30 in California.

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