About the Host
Man in the Kitchen Cooking
Videos Hit the Web
To acomodate viewer demand for current shows,
Jeff and Donna recently started offering short
cooking videos on their web site. These shorter
versions maintain the same purpose as the
broadcast show - to entertain and educate the
viewer with simple recipes.
In 2004, Jeff hosted a combination cooking demo and book
signing event for Borders Books. He was promoting his
newly published cook book "Man in the Kitchen - Recipes
from Nine Years of Television."
In 2003 Jeff hosted the Big Brother - Big Sisters Club
Holiday event for Pillsbury and Albertsons at Universal
Jeff hosted several KVCR Pledge Drive specials. These
were live broadcasts in which Jeff prepared recipes such
as Bananas Foster and Barbecued chicken.
At the Great Indoors, Home Design Center, Jeff hosted
several cooking demonstrations
Jeff hosted the "Chef Stage" at Riverside's Orange
Blossom Festival in 2002. He was a guest chef in 2001.
Jeff wrote a monthly article for West Coast Magazine
between 1995 and 2000.
Jeff Baker grew up in the Pacific Northwest - mostly in
Spokane and Seattle. Both of his parents were in the
radio industry. His father Paul started out as an
announcer before settling into the buiness side. His
mother Beverly started her career at age 17 co-hosting
an all request top-40 show. In the 1960s she hosted
"The Women at Home." By the 1970's she was
breaking ground in Seattle on KTW radio as one of
Seattle's first female, phone-in talk show hosts.
It wasn't radio, but Jeff''s first job laid the foundation for
his television cooking show. He worked the counter at a
seafoood market and loved teaching customers about
the bounties of the ocean and how to cook it.
Jeff graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in
Tacoma, Washington with a degree in Business. There
he met his wife, Donna who earned her bachelors in
Communication. Donna and Jeff moved to Los Angeles
and married in 1986.
In 1995 Jeff decided to pursue his dream of cooking on
the airwaves. The show began on his local cable
system then eventually landed a primetime spot on PBS
affiliate KVCR in San Bernardino. Jeff hosted "Man in
the Kitchen" for nearly four years (now titled "Classic
Man in the Kitchen") Donna co-produced and directed
When Jeff is not cooking, he teaches at Mount San
Antonio college in Walnut, California. He also enjoys
being a boy scout leader. He's currently writing a book
about his adventures and life lessons learned during a
five month back packing trip through Europe with
Donna and their three kids.
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For week of October 1, 2012
International Cooking Made Simple by an Easy-Going Host
San Bernardino, California -- After nearly ten years, the Man in the Kitchen television cooking
show is coming back to television in the Inland Empire with brand new shows. Host and
cookbook author Jeff Baker will encourage viewers to expand their cooking skills to include
foods of the world with ingredients found right here in southern California.
The new show, entitled Man in the Kitchen with Jeff Baker and Company will begin airing
Tuesday October 9 at 7PM on PBS affiliate KVCR-TV Channel 24. The show will repeat Sundays
at noon. Viewers can expect simple and tasty dishes from around the world. "Our new
international focus is inspired by the abundance of resources we have here in southern
California" says host Jeff Baker of Chino Hills, who has visited over 15 countries since he last
cooked on television. "Our local culture has become so diverse. We can get ingredients from just
about any cuisine on the planet. Why not take advantage of that?" Red Thai Curry with
Lemongrass Rice and Italian Gnudi (Ricotta dumplings) with All'amatriciana Sauce are
examples of the dishes Jeff will share.
The show will retain its casual and fun style. Wine enthusiast Marit Kams is a new addition to the
show. She will find affordable wines to pair with Jeff's dishes. Regular guest Dan Underwood
will return to prepare desserts with an international flair such as Limoncello Syllabub and Kheer
Jeff and his wife Donna Baker produced Man in the Kitchen from 2000 to 2003, during which time
it was broadcast on KVCR. Recently, KVCR station manager, Kenn Couch contacted the Bakers
with an idea to partner up and produce new cooking shows. Mr. Couch explained his intent to
enhance the stations focus on local programming. Jeff was excited to return to television and
suggested adding an international twist.
In 2004, the Bakers took their three children on a five-month backpacking trip through Europe.
While there, Jeff realized he wanted to spend more time with his family while the kids were still
living at home, so he and Donna took a break from producing the show. "Now they're all grown
up, and it's time to start cooking again." He said.
Jeff or Donna Baker
P.O. Box 1837
Chino Hills, CA 91709