Wisconsin Foodie is a weekly Emmy-nominated television program dedicated to educating, entertaining and connecting the community to the engaging stories and people behind their food.
Each show dives into Wisconsin’s unique culinary world –profiling local food treasures and highlighting the passionate and hardworking individuals responsible for the burgeoning “Good Food Movement”. Wisconsin Foodie artfully blends food, cooking and travel while showcasing local businesses, restaurants, purveyors and farmers – telling their story and helping to promote a local, sustainable economy.
Arthur Ircink, the man behind the scenes at Wisconsin Foodie. From shooting and editing to underwriting and social media, Arthur is responsible for what you see on TVand Online. With a bit a nativity, hard work, passion and an entrepreneurial spirit the concept for Wisconsin Foodie was inked on a bar napkin in late 2007. The hope was to capture the enthusiasm of national food shows and create a show that was all about the rich “local”food stories from Wisconsin. By promoting local tv and local food, Wisconsin Foodie connects its viewers with the amazing food stories from their own backyards, hoping to encourage not only eating more local and fresh foods but also supporting a local economy.
Over the past 5 years Arthur has had the honor of meeting many culinary icons such as, Jacque Pepin, Anthony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Andrew Zimmern, Garrett Weber-Gale, Michael Symon and others. While those are some notable names the most interesting characters are the craftsmen and women, like cheesemakers, Willi Lehner and Andy Hatch, or CSA farmers like Peter Sely. Since 2008 Foodie has expanded from air in the city of Milwaukee to whole state of Wisconsin and now throughout the Midwest in Chicago and the Twin Cities. In 2011 Wisconsin Foodie nominated for an Emmy and in 2012 won Milwaukee’s Best Food Blog.
Arthur has been working on his craft as a Filmmaker and Entrepreneur for over 10 years and has a constant drive to better himself and his art. Other notable projects, he Produced and Edited the feature documentary “The Super Noble Brothers” which screened at many Film Festivals around the country. He learned the art of editing though mentor Barry Poltermann of About Face Media and currently works out of the offices of Library Films in Milwaukee, WI.
Kyle Cherek is Host of Wisconsin Foodie, beginning its fifth season on PBS in October of 2012, and currently broadcast across the Midwest through Wisconsin Public Television. He Has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Food Wars”.Cherek is a frequent contributor to M Magazine’s print and online issues with his column/commentary, and regularly hosts culinary events, such as Kohler Food and Wine among others.
Wisconsin Foodie quickly became a regional hit with both foodies and the less-than-culinary inclined by its second season, becoming the highest-rated food show in the Southeastern Wisconsin television market. Each Wisconsin Foodie episode delves into Wisconsin’s culinary world,profiling local food treasures and chronicling the story of where our food comes from, by way of Wisconsin chefs,farmers, and artisans.
Kyle has been sitting up and taking nourishment since the Ford Administration. He is a born-and-bred Wisconsinite and sees the state as an amazing place full of history,craftsmanship, and artisanal dispositions, all of which are continually pushing culinary and sustainability trends forward. Kyle’s efforts to uncover the unique, the acutely regional or the un-sung are never-ending.
His first true foodie experience was during the summer of 2000 when a friendship with highly lauded local chef exposed him to exceptional ingredients, the alchemy that food and friends can have on life, and cooking for the sheer pleasure of it. When not appearing on Wisconsin Foodie, he is busy relishing the city in which he resides(Milwaukee), combing farmers’ markets, or patiently waiting for the chance to say,”Let’s look at the desert menu, shall we?”
Heather grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and after high school she attended UW Milwaukee then finished up at Indiana University with a BA in Telecommunications. She studied Radio /TV production, with a minor in biology thinking she might do wildlife documentaries or something innovative like Errol Morris . Instead, after a brief stint at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, she married a chef from Italy, had two children and sold life insurance like nobody’s business.
Along the way she learned to cook and appreciate local fresh ingredients, became educated about wine, sought restaurants of high quality, and developed a passion for fine cuisine and wine. She moved back to Wisconsin five years ago and settled in Whitefish Bay with her children and reluctantly continued in the insurance business. She created a small side business of taking people to Wisconsin wineries to enjoy the bounty of Wisconsin grapes at the source of production.
When Heather saw Wisconsin Foodie for the first time on PBS, she was amazed and inspired, by the creative vision, the thoughtful subject matter, the character of the Wisconsin people featured, and the original style of the show. She knew her days of selling life insurance were over, and has been a welcome addition to Wisconsin Foodie to find companies to assist with underwriting the show.