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Mark Coblentz is a nationally known 14-year-old chef.  We're making a TV show for MS Public Broadcasting, and we need your help!
Mark Coblentz is a nationally known 14-year-old chef. We're making a TV show for MS Public Broadcasting, and we need your help!
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Mark prepping for "Wonderama" TV appearance in New York
Mark prepping for "Wonderama" TV appearance in New York

Mark Coblentz started cooking when he was 6 and hasn't stopped. 

He has appeared on the Food Network and FOX, cooking in some of TV's top kid culinary competitions. He is a repeat guest on the nationally syndicated show Wonderama, and has been a guest twice on Fit to Eat on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Back home in Mississippi, Mark continues to learn his craft from chefs and food artisans across the state. His journey forms the basis for the TV show "Making A Chef." 

Shooting in kitchen studio for "Making A Chef"
Shooting in kitchen studio for "Making A Chef"

"Making A Chef" is an 8-episode, half-hour series scheduled to air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting in April 2018. The show is produced by Broadcast Media Group, an award-winning production company that has produced a variety of national TV projects for clients across the country.

Producing for Mississippi Public Broadcasting brings a unique set of challenges. Production funds don't exist, meaning we have to pay for the entire production up front.

"Making A Chef" Season 1 is almost complete as off this Kickstarter launch. We are looking for funds to finish shooting the last three episodes and final editing on the last five. That's why we need your help.

The money raised from this campaign will go toward:

  • Shooting last 3 episodes
  • Completion of editing
  • Final color correction
  • Closed captioning to make it legal for broadcast
  • Pay for physical reward costs (hats and aprons)
  • Any Kickstarter collected fees for processing

Thanks for considering helping us! We're excited about finishing "Making A Chef" and sharing Mark's journey!

Risks and challenges

The challenges and risk for this campaign are fairly small. Most of the principle shooting is complete. We have secured a great US-based vendor for the hat and apron production.

Our production partner, Broadcast Media Group, has produced episodic TV for the Pursuit and Outdoor Channels, and this company is set up to produce this type of show.

Everything is a go. We just need final funds to finish the shooting for the last 3 episodes, complete editing, color correct and produce closed captioning.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Appetizer

    Help "Making A Chef" become a reality and get a cool e-cookbook PDF of a few of Mark's favorite recipes, This is an easy way to help the show air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

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    • PDF of Mark's recipes created just for this Kickstarter.
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    First Course

    Get early access to Season 1 of "Making A Chef" before it airs. Your pledge gets you HD copies of the first season as MP4 files. You can play on almost any computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device.

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    • Digital download of "Making A Chef" Season 1 (HD MP4)
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    Second Course

    This is your chance to grab a "Mark The Chef" hat! For $50, you will get an adult-sized autographed hat with the "Mark The Chef" logo, a PDF of Mark's recipes and a digital download of "Making A Chef" Season 1.

    Includes:
    • Signed "Mark The Chef" hat.
    • Digital download of "Making A Chef" Season 1 (HD MP4)
    • PDF of Mark's recipes created just for this Kickstarter.
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    Third Course

    Look your best as you cook with an autographed "Mark The Chef" apron. The Third Course gets you an adult-sized autographed apron with the "Mark The Chef" logo, a PDF of Mark's recipes and a digital download of "Making A Chef" Season 1.

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    Fourth Course

    Get both the apron and hat signed by Mark, plus all the digital goodies from the First Course level. Look your best and save $10 in the process.

    Includes:
    • Signed "Mark The Chef" adult-sized apron.
    • Signed "Mark The Chef" hat.
    • Digital download of "Making A Chef" Season 1 (HD MP4)
    • PDF of Mark's recipes created just for this Kickstarter.
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    Cooking Lesson with Mark

    Grab a friend and head to the kitchen studio for your own cooking lesson with Mark.

    We'll supply the aprons and ingredients; you bring a friend, and we will have fun. Lesson (2 hours) will be held in the Broadcast Media Kitchen Studio (Starkville, MS) at a time to be determined by supporter and Mark.

    Winner must provide own transportation and lodging to the event. Lesson must be redeemed by July 31, 2018.

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    • Digital download of "Making A Chef" Season 1 (HD MP4)
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    Let the Chef Make You Dinner (2 seats)

    Lucky backers can head to the Kitchen Studio for a custom designed multi-course meal for two.

    Mark will create and cook a delicious meal for you and a guest at a time to be determined. Alcohol is NOT included in reward.

    You will also get a signed apron and early access to "Making a Chef" Season 1.

    Winner must provide own transportation and lodging to the event. Reward must be redeemed by October 31, 2018.

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    • Signed "Mark The Chef" adult-sized apron.
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    Executive Chef/Producer

    For this level, you get to step up to the Hollywood lights.

    You get your name in the credits as an Executive Producer for "Making The Chef," a signed hat, signed apron, digital downloads plus a VIP invite for you and a guest to the "Making The Chef" premiere tentatively scheduled in March.

    This is your chance to help launch a new TV program in Mississippi.

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