On TV: Food Jammers

During the recent changes in digital television broadcasting, our cable company added a bunch of channels to our line-up. I'm not a huge TV-aholic, but there are a few shows I like to watch (or DVR and watch) with regularity, such as Good Eats. Flipping through the section of "new" channels the other day, I stumbled upon what might just be my greatest discovery of the year to date: Food Jammers.

Food Jammers is a Canadian-produced show in which three foodie-type dudes design and create all kinds of crazy culinary contraptions using junkyard and recycled materials. Three seasons of the show are in the can, so I'm astonished that I'm just now finding out about it. That's why I couldn't resist sharing this find with all of you!

So far, I've caught about half a dozen episodes and highlights have included: a centrifugal force pancake cooker, an edible art show, and making bagels from scratch without electricity (including a wind-powered wheat grinder and baked in a wood oven).

The hosts/co-creators of the show are Chris, Micah, and Nobu (L to R in the photo). Together, they have a loft in Toronto in which they build all these contraptions and create many an interesting meal. Chris describes it as, "a MacGyver meets Bob and Doug McKenzie food show" and that assessment sounds right on to me. Although these guys aren't vegan, they are focused on quality, sustainability and health. The food they make is also very diverse and often includes ingredients from a range of culinary cultures--something that appeals to me a great deal.

And, being the artsy kinds of guys they are, almost every episode includes some kind of art project. A common theme is for one of them to start a piece (say, a drawing) and cover up their work before passing it along to the next dude. Dude #2 starts where the first drawing ends, adds his share, and covers it before it goes to the last guy. After the third dude makes his mark, they uncover the rest of the paper to reveal a crazy and truly unique piece of art. This method comes into practice for the edible art show episode (Season 2: Gallery Eats).

Best of all? Although the contraptions are designed in advance of filming, the show doesn't feel contrived. The guys are laid-back, socially-conscious, whip-smart and hungry for creative adventures. The show is also beautifully edited for time without sacrificing continuity. They're also pretty funny.

Better than that? These dudes post the recipes from their shows on their website.

If you live in Canada, it's probably easy to catch this show on one of the 5 networks that carry it. In the States, I discovered it on the Halogen TV network and I haven't been able to determine if it's aired on any others. I highly recommend that you all check your local listings, or give your cable company a holler and ask for the show!

You can even become their fan on Facebook.

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