Show-Me Chefs is a culinary cooking competition series. Eight local and regional chefs compete head-to-head to prepare a three-course meal for a panel of judges from the Springfield culinary community. Chefs are scored based on taste and flavor profile, incorporation of mystery ingredients, cooking quality, and presentation. The winner each episode advances to the next round of competition, and the best chef from the Show-Me State is crowned champion.
Show-Me Chefs is produced by students in Missouri State University's Department of Media, Journalism and Film. Students from diverse disciplines work on all aspects of the program, from pre-production to post-production.
First Place: 2018 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in Studio—multi-camera or live-to-tape (Season 3)
Regional Emmy Award: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—Mid-America Chapter Emmy for Long-Form, Non-Fiction Series (Season 2)
Regional Emmy Award: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—Mid-America Chapter Emmy for Public Service (PSA) for promotional short, “Show-Me Chefs Works with Local Community.”
Show-Me Chefs emphasizes community engagement. We provide opportunities for local students to gain real-world experience in film and television production. We offer local businesses, food producers, and culinary leaders low-cost, high-reward exposure and advertising. Finally, we help local viewers learn more about the regional culinary profile, cooking, and the importance of choosing locally sourced food. We strive to foster this sense of community through quality, family-friendly television programming, and to give back to that community wherever possible.