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Chefs A' Field: Disappearing Act

Chef David Guas helping the bees pollinate apples at Lerew Farms.
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Chef David Guas helping the bees pollinate apples at Lerew Farms.

Airs Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Emmy-nominated "Chefs A' Field" returns with a bumper crop of new episodes. Fresh from the farm and sea, the second season offers a visual feast of culinary adventures, with episodes filmed coast to coast, from Hawaii's rich volcanic beaches to Mexico's dense Yucatan jungle. This season showcases America's best chefs who, with family and friends, visit local farmers and fishermen to learn about eco-friendly foods. Then, they head back to the kitchen for a behind-the-scenes cooking lesson, where the chefs simplify the professional techniques of the restaurant kitchen to inspire people of all ages and skill levels to cook.

In this episode, "Chefs A' Field" investigates a looming crisis that could affect a third of the plants we see growing around us -- thus having a profound effect on agriculture as well as the economy. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a term first coined in 2006 for a phenomenon in which worker bees mysteriously vanish from a beehive. Pastry chef David Guas knows how important the little worker bee actually is. He joins beekeeper Dave Hackenberg in a picturesque Pennsylvania apple orchard in full bloom to work with the bees and to discuss how they, and our food supply, might be saved.

Recipes: Hand Apple Pie with Honeybee Vanilla Ice Cream; Zucchini Cake with Local Honey Glaze. Download these recipes (PDF)