'Kitchen Connection' wins cable television awards Chef, producer receive Vollies

March 15, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The producer of "The Kitchen Connection" and her star chef were among the big winners in the 1993 Vollie Awards, which honor outstanding cable programming on Carroll Community Television.

The other big winner was John Sosnowsky of Union Bridge, who received two awards for "The Sozra Sound Project." Thirteen awards were presented in the annual ceremony Friday at the Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster.

First-year producer Dierdre Crowl's series, "The Kitchen Connection," in which chef John Robinson "teaches dishes that might scare people off but are easier than they look," won awards for Best Series Program Informational and Best Director Live-on-Tape Program.

Ms. Crowl, 24, of Westminster developed the six-series program after Mr. Robinson, a longtime chef at Maggie's Restaurant, told her he didn't like "The Frugal Gourmet" and could do a better job.

"I told him, 'Don't say that to a producer. You're on,' " said Ms. Crowl, who is banquet coordinator and a waitress at Maggie's, a Westminster restaurant.

Mr. Robinson won an award for Best On-Camera Talent for his performances on "The Kitchen Connection" series.

"I've always been interested in doing a show," said Mr. Robinson, 41, of Spring Grove, Pa. "I thought I could do as good of a job as the Frugal Gourmet. But it's not as easy as it looks."

In his award-winning video, Mr. Sosnowsky, asked seven artists to paint a mural while listening to one of his original compositions. Mr. Sosnowsky edited the four-hour tape to 28 minutes, said his wife, Debby, who along with their daughter, Jessica, picked up his awards for Best Director Edited-on-Tape Program and Best Documentary.

Other winners were: Chad Matthews, Best First Effort for "Sleep in Heavenly Peace"; Doug Yust, Best Educational/Instructional Program for "Westminster High School: Facing the Challenge of the '90s"; George Shearer and Steven Mednick, Best Entertainment Program for "Job Search: Mickey Light"; Tom Crowl, Best Series Program Entertainment for "Something Stupid."

Winners in other categories were: Mike Armacost, Rookie of the Year; Jeff Mather, Best Crew Member; Mike Nichols, Best Producer; and Tom Crowl, Best Overall Volunteer.

The Vollie Award was named in honor of the many volunteers who help provide and produce cable programming for Carroll's Channel 19.

The annual ceremony honors producers and volunteers.

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