PBS television series A Taste of History films in Pensacola with 3 chefs

Chef Walter Staib is on a mission to demystify the history of some of the most notable cities in the world, with Pensacola filling one of the final spots of the 12th season of the of PBS show A Taste of History featuring three of Pensacola’s best-known chefs.

The 15-Emmy award winning series takes viewers on journeys learning about food around the globe, typically hitting 13 destinations each year, according to Staib. The show balances a mix of domestic and international travel, though travel restrictions from the pandemic provided more opportunity for travel within the U.S. in recent seasons.

Filming kicked off Friday morning in the cook house in the Historic Pensacola Village, with three of Pensacola’s top chefs, Irv Miller, founding chef of Jackson’s Steakhouse, Gus Silivos, executive chef of Agapi Bistro + Garden and Scenic 90 Café and Blake Rushing, executive chef of Union Public House.

Pensacola chef Irv Miller demonstrates his take on historical cooking for Chef Walter Staib while filming an episode of A Taste of History on Friday, Jan.21, 2022. The Emmy award-winning show will feature the talents of three of Pensacola's top chefs, Irv Miller, Gus Silivos, and Blake Rushing, in the 12th Season on PBS.

The episode was unique in the way it featured three chefs versus the usual one person, and Staib said each chef and dish “exceeded my expectations.”

Each chef was tasked by producers to create a unique dish for the cameras that encapsulated the Pensacola area they have spent decades cooking in. Despite the chilly mid-30s-degree-weather, chefs still were able to prepare their dishes over the wood fire just as it was done years before. 

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