Luminary Doug Heilman makes his culinary debut on PBS

Doug Heilman (pictured second from the left) with Lee Schmitt, Evelyn Sussman (guests judges) and Camp Delicious director Derek Fritzel.

Doug Heilman (pictured second from the left) with co-judges Lee Schmitt, Evelyn Sussman and Camp Delicious director Derek Fritzel during our 2023 summer camp closing ceremony. 

Exciting news from the Luminari community! Our friend and culinary genius, Doug Heilman, is set to showcase his cooking prowess on the national stage. A self-described foodie, Doug grew up on his family’s beef farm where food and the art of home cooking were central to his upbringing. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University under his belt, Doug has seamlessly blended his passions for education and gastronomy. He’s the mastermind behind the popular YouTube channel “Doug Cooking,” where he delights viewers with his recipe secrets and culinary demonstrations.

Last year, Doug brought his expertise to Camp Delicious, leaving a lasting impression as a guest judge in a thrilling culinary showdown. He also contributed his skills as a teaching assistant and chef at our 2022 camp. Now, Doug is set to take a monumental step in his culinary journey. He’s been selected to compete in the third season of the acclaimed PBS series, The Great American Recipe. This prestigious selection places him among an elite cadre of talented amateur chefs from across the nation, all competing for the coveted title.

Mark your calendars and join us in supporting Doug! Tune in to PBS every Monday from June 17 to August 12 at 9:00pm, and stream the episodes on to witness Doug infuse the contest with his distinctive zest and culinary flair. Don’t miss the chance to see Doug turn up the heat and add his special touch to the competition! Great job Doug, we can’t wait to tune in. 

The Great American Recipe: Season 3 Episodes
Watch here:

S3 E1 · A First Taste
PREMIERE: Monday, June 17, 2024
Eight contestants compete to win The Great American Recipe, preparing dishes that reflect their culinary style as home cooks.
S3 E2 · Secrets and Staples
Monday, June 24, 2024
The home cooks create recipes that reveal their favorite secret ingredients and go-to grains in a dish that represents their heritage and culinary perspectives.
S3 E3 · A Spoonful of Love
Monday, July 1, 2024
The home cooks prepare their favorite comfort foods and special dishes they serve for loved ones.
S3 E4 · Home Baked
Monday, Jul y8, 2024
Baking skills are put to the test when the cooks make both a baked breakfast item and their favorite bake sale good.
S3 E5 · A Celebration of Flavors
Monday, July 22, 2024
The home cooks serve up their most cherished dish from a special event and their best family-style holiday meal.
S3 E6 · Outside the Comfort of Your Kitchen
Monday, July 29, 2024
The home cooks put their own spins on a fellow competitor’s recipe; the cooks present dishes inspired by a friend.
S3 E7 · Defining Firsts and Family
Monday, August 5, 2024