• INSP’s State Plate Wins PTC Seal of Approval!

    by  • October 18, 2016 • Family Friendly, PTC Seal of Approval • 0 Comments

    In this cooking show, American Idol’s Taylor Hicks explores the cuisine of each state in America — while serving up a healthy helping of education.


    State Plate

    Network: INSP

    Airdate: Friday, October 21, 2016; 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (8:00 p.m. Central/Mountain)

    Recommended age: all ages


    “Is it possible to create 50 meals that perfectly represent each one of our nation’s 50 states?” This is the question posed by famed singer, American Idol winner, restauranteur, and confirmed foodie Taylor Hicks. In this cooking show with a difference, State Plate follows Hicks as he “eats [my] way across America, one state at a time,” always searching out the ideal cuisine of each state – be it Maryland crab cakes, Wisconsin bratwurst, or Georgia peach pie. In each episode, Hicks works with local farmers, fisherman, cooks, and bakers to help make each food on display, whether that entails catching and cracking crabs, picking peaches, or milking cows and making cheese. All the while, he is also describing the ethnic history of each food, as well as the history  of immigration to each region of the state.

    State Plate is a fun and fascinating combination of history, science, travel, and cooking, sure to stimulate the minds – and the tastebuds – of viewers.  Hicks’ breezy narration and obvious enthusiasm for food makes the show a tasty bit of education that viewers will delight in consuming.

    Because of its family-friendly, educational value, the Parents Television Council is proud to award State Plate with the PTC Seal of Approval®. The PTC recommends this program for viewers of all ages.


    INSP is available on DISH Network channel 259, DirecTV channel 364, and many cable systems. To find INSP on your TV, click here.




    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

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