Chef Bud Thomas and Web Producer Dennis Lankes Team Up at chefbud.com
by Seth Cagin
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CHEF BUD whipped up BP&J crepes for a captive audience at the Wilkinson Library Wednesday afternoon. (Photo By Brett  
Schreckengost)
CHEF BUD whipped up BP&J crepes for a captive audience at the Wilkinson Library Wednesday afternoon. (Photo By Brett Schreckengost)
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A New Way of Doing TV

Just five weeks after shooting and posting his first live cooking show at chefbud.com, Bud Thomas is “completely shocked” at the response.

People are watching the show from London to Asia. And they’re asking questions live, helping to pioneer what the show’s producer Dennis Lankes says could be one future direction for broadcasting.

Chefbud.com is a new business/marketing activity or, as Thomas puts it, “internet entrepreneurship forced by economic challenges.”

Along with the cooking show, five episodes of which have been shot, and all of which are archived on the website, Bud and his wife Jenna Thomas are both twittering about food, each Twitter followed by more than 500 people.

“I’m not quite this adventurous,” Bud says, expressing just a little surprise at finding himself stretching out digitally. The response in the early going has “been awesome.”

The show has been shot Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at various locations around town. Last week, Bud and Jenna were cooking up peanut butter and jelly crepes for an attentive audience of Telluride first graders at the Wilkinson Public Library. The week before it was appetizers at Aemono.

“Everything we’ve done has been suggested by people,” Bud says, largely responses to questions. In addition to the shows and twittering, the website includes blogs by both Bud and Jenna, and recipes.

“What we have here is an example of using social networking tools to build an audience and a following,” Lankes explains. The most innovative feature, he believes, is the interactive video: television that invites audience participation.

“The whole idea is to keep it like an open dialog,” Bud says. “Somebody will ask a question and that will turn into another blog post.”

Whether, when or how chefbud.com will turn into a revenue-generating business is another question, Bud allows. There is the potential for some advertising and there’s even been interest in “syndication,” whereby other websites post the shows.

A professional chef for 20 years, Bud Thomas originally came to Telluride to work at The Wyndham Peaks Resort. He previously worked at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Café Terra Cotta in Tucson, and at The Collection in London.

chefbud.com hints at a new way of being a professional chef: Building a following online by offering services that include catering, cooking lessons and even coaching. The site invites you to call Bud, tell him what you’ve got in the fridge, and he’ll talk you through turning it into a meal.
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gracerhettcol
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May 12, 2009
Loved your great ideas for kids' eats. They are healthy, quick and the kids like them.

Checked out your website too. Awesome recipes for the family and for guests with kids.

Great show Chef Bud!
Cristianc2v
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April 12, 2009
Fantastic activity that encourages health, enjoyment and collaboration.

The newly launched www.chef2video.com enables anyone to broadcast live from their kitchen or create interactive cooking classes for free for these purposes. Incidentally, one of the first users to extend their classes online is a Texas based non-profit called Chefsville Kids.
The Gourmet Girl
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April 01, 2009
Children can never learn early enough the many options for preparing their 'favorites.' Teaching them to have fun in the kitchen and be creative are integral to achieving that goal.

Kudos to Chef Bud, Linda and Dennis Lankes for their web productions.

Elaine Giammetta

President & Co-founder

www.gourmetgirlmagazine.com
Scooter.64
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March 31, 2009
Bud is a cooking legend!
mary lee
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March 29, 2009
Congrats Bud on a great show. Loved the Pesto Pasta piece.
North of the 49th
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March 27, 2009
Great idea, great show!
Mark Dollard
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March 27, 2009
This is a great venue for Chef Bud to spread his sermon through. Being able to see how many people are watching live and leaving comments demonstrates that people are looking for this type of thing. Keep up the good work!
Cryptopur
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March 27, 2009
This is a great show and a great idea. Cooking is one of those things that can be so daunting, but Chef bub makes it looks very doable even for a beginner.
gilbert.steph
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March 27, 2009
Congrats! I really like the show so far.
Jason Mevius
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March 27, 2009
Chef Bud comes across just as personable through the screen as he does in person. It's impressive that he's able to fill this void in the community.

I look forward to seeing what is in store next for Chef Bud, Dennis, and the Telluride web scene.
Mummypreneur
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March 27, 2009
This is great, well done - looking forward to sharing tweets with you
Podchef
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March 27, 2009
Awesome concept, well executed. I've been doing web-cooking shows for 4 years and this is a fresh & exciting take. Congratulations & good luck!

this is a test
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March 27, 2009
test test test
Tara Burner
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March 27, 2009
My daughter watched the crepe episode and loved it. I thought it was excellent and of course I enjoy both Chef Bud and The Chefs Wife on Twitter!

Excellent show :)
brettskyone
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March 27, 2009
chefbud.com is great. i found thechefswife on teitter and cant say enough good about what i have experianced so far!
Chris Sonjeow
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March 26, 2009
Congrats Chef Bud! - Keep on hustlin'
Anne F
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March 26, 2009
Great Show, very interesting, really enjoyed it.
ChefAli
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March 26, 2009
Great article! I think what you're doing is absolutely fantastic. Keep up the great work, and keep posting your success on Twitter!
goodLife {eats}
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March 26, 2009
Congrats on your success. So exciting! Great following you on Twitter.

Katie @ goodLife {eats}
Lynn (www.mamasays.us)
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March 26, 2009
Bud and Jenna - congrat's on the fabulous profile. Love what you are doing on the web and on twitter. Keep up the great work. And thanks for sharing.Lynn