Television

Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing Our Food System is the result of two lovers of food and media coming together with the enthusiastic commitment of a small independent Canadian television company. Broadcasting on ichannel (2013-2015) and available online, this documentary series created by Jon Steinman and Declan O’Driscoll invites us to rediscover food – in our kitchens, our communities, and through one of our most precious assets… our sense of taste.

In each of the six episodes, Jon teams up with local farmers, scientists, backyard gardeners and award ­winning chefs like Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), John Sundstrom (Lark), Blaine Wetzel (Willows Inn), Michael Stadtländer (Eigensinn Farm), Heather Carlucci (formerly of PRINT) and Mark Picone (Niagara College). With the help of these chefs, Jon explores, demystifies, and deconstructs six popular foods– Wheat, Tomatoes, Pork, Garlic, Honey and Eggs.

For the project’s online component, 46 short webisodes support the content of each episode, including unseen footage, step-­by-­step kitchen demonstrations and expanded profiles of the many farms and chefs featured throughout the series.

The series won “Best of Canada” at the 2015 Taste Awards in Hollywood, California.


The Crew

Declan O’Driscoll

(Producer / Director) Declan has produced many television series with Stornoway Communications and independently. His documentary, Milk War, won the prestigious James Beard Award of Excellence for Best TV Special/Documentary in 2011.

Jon Steinman

(Host / Writer / Associate Producer) Jon has been involved in food media since 2004 and was the Host and Producer of the internationally sydnicated radio show/podcast Deconstructing Dinner (2006-2010). More on Jon Steinman here.

Adham Shaikh

(Music Supervisor) Adham is a Juno and Emmy Award-nominated producer, composer, sound designer, and DJ who brings his uniquely powerful global sounds to the world stage and screen.

Michael Ofri-Attah

(Editor)

Adam Crosby

(Director of Photography)

Rob Walsh

(Camera Operator)

Alex Avelino

(Animator)