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WAFF 48 Cooking Segment with Chef Echols


Huntsville, AL – Drake State’s Culinary Arts department is proud to partner with WAFF-TV in bringing simple, healthy cooking ideas to the citizens of North Alabama.  At Drake State, our goal is to provide healthy cooking tips to the community.  We hope to increase awareness of a healthy eating lifestyle and how to prepare quick meals for the busy family on the go!

Drake State Culinary Instructor Chef Echols has more than 15 years’ experience in the food industry. Echols, who brings a wealth of knowledge to the segment as a former restaurant owner and current instructor with Drake State, has also worked with the Alabama Beef Council in preparing a large variety of cuts of beef.

Chef Echols has become the face of a WAFF-TV cooking segment, hosted by Elizabeth Gentle.   Each segment features quick dinner options that can be prepared at home by anyone with little or no cooking experience.  The segment is aired every other Thursday on WAFF-TV during the noon newscast. 

This partnership allows Drake State to showcase its culinary skills and encourage the community to discover the joy of cooking and the opportunity to try new dishes. The first segment will feature Chicken Primavera with fresh vegetables and colorful bell peppers. So set your DVR and prepare to learn how to save time and enjoy the simplicity of meal preparation!

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