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On his forthcoming series Broken Bread, the food truck pioneer will "highlight amazing people doing amazing things."

Maria Yagoda
May 10, 2018

Roy Choi is ready for his closeup. 

The prolific L.A. chef, widely considered to have kickstarted America's food truck obsession, will host Broken Bread, a new series that will air in early 2019 on public television. Not to be confused with Breaking BadBroken Bread will highlight the "culinary and agricultural practices that are transforming food access, food justice and community," according to a press release announcing the series, which will be made in partnership with Tastemade and KCETLink.

“As the title suggests, we are going to take a look at the broken systems in our country and take off to find the good people on the ground doing things about changing those systems," Choi said in a statement. "A quest for goodness. A place where we can highlight amazing people doing amazing things. There will be humor, music, tears, challenges, poetry, love, and action. A show with a lot of food; but not necessarily a food show. It’s time and the time is now.”

Choi, who will executive produce the show alongside his business partner Natasha Phan, has been keeping exceptionally busy. Ten years after the chef parked his now-iconic Korean taco truck Kogi in front of a nightclub, Choi has been opening brick-and-mortars left and right, with POT Pizza Joint opening in 2017 and, coming this fall, a Las Vegas spot inspired by L.A.'s Koreatown. The chef's influence expands across California, with restaurants like Chego!A-FrameCommissary, and LocoL. He has even made the leap to retail, launching a line of products with Williams-Sonoma: in January, he unveiled three sauces, a salt rub, and a spicy ramen kit.

And now Choi, named a Food & Wine Best New Chef 2010, is about to get even bigger. 

"Roy Choi is Los Angeles personified – he was raised and educated in Southern California and took the Los Angeles food scene by storm in 2008," Larry Fitzgibbon, the CEO and Co-Founder of Tastemade, tells Food & Wine. "He’s become one of the nation’s most innovative and prolific chefs and restaurateurs."

"Broken Bread" will air on public television KCET in Southern California and Link TV nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network.