The Poores are aunt and uncle to the series producer, Craig Chapman, who came up with the idea of documenting family recipes and the stories behind them in a 30-minute television show.
“The concept itself ... I really wanted a show that could be ageless and it could relate to anybody no matter how old or how young or whatever culture or from wherever on the planet they were from,” Chapman said.
Chapman continued, saying he wanted the series to serve as a counterpoint to the celebrity chef shows that dominate the airwaves. The focus is on individual family recipes and any memories, good or bad, that may be related to them.
While filming the first episode Chapman said he was interviewing a woman who was preparing a traditional Mexican meal for her mother, who was in the hospital fighting cancer. It was a dish her mother had made for her many times while she was growing up.
“She kind of broke down in the middle of the interview and started crying. I expected lots of happy stories to come out of food, and on the first day, I was hit out of nowhere with a really deep, heavy emotional story that had this connection to a traditional family dish,” he said.
Chapman financed the first half of the 13-episode season out of his own pocket before it was picked up by PBS. The series is on Hulu.com now, with its PBS debut scheduled for December.
As all the first season episodes were filmed in Florida, Chapman wants to expand into the Southeast for the next season. He said he would like to film in Savannah, Charlotte and Nashville, among other areas, and make a special stop in Adairsville for his aunt and uncle.
“I’d like to do an episode with my aunt just because the memories of growing up and going to visit them are really good memories — and they’re just good cooks,” he said.
The Poores own a farm outside of Adairsville where they grow a number of vegetables and once made their own wine. Linda Poore said she was proud of her nephew.
“This ‘Real Kitchens’ thing has really got him excited and he’s worked so hard on it. I’m just glad to see that things are beginning to happen with that,” she said.
Poore added her husband, Stanley, did most of the cooking but she specialized in desserts. Although she would have to talk to her husband about being featured on the show, she was confident they would decide to be filmed.
For Chapman, the best part about the series was how anyone can tell their story on “Real Food Real Kitchens,” which would help the show run for years.
“Anybody could be featured on this show,” he said. “It’s not easy to find somebody who can carry a full 30 minutes on their own. It takes a lot of instructing and working with the person, but the end result is pretty magical.”