Lidia Bastianich heats it up in Norwalk

Culinary celebrity Lidia Bastianich is whipping up a brand new television show, set to air in October on public television stations across the country. Bastianich’s new show will coincide with her new cookbook, “Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking.”

All 26 episodes of “Lidia’s Kitchen,” which is being produced by her production company, Tavola Productions, were recently taped at Clarke Showroom and Test Kitchen in Norwalk, Conn. The shoot took just nine days.

In a recent news release, the store’s general manager Sean Clarke said he was honored to have her use the showroom as her studio kitchen, considering she uses her home kitchen in her other cooking shows, which include “Lidia’s Italy in America” and “Lidia’s Italy.”

Clarke’s other appliance showroom in Massachusetts will serve as the studio kitchen for Chef Ming Tsai, who will tape his 11th season for the PBS’ “Simply Ming” this summer. Seven years ago, Clarke produced its own show, “New England Living,” which focused on different areas of New England and featured a cooking demonstration by a local chef.

Clarke began in 1955 when Jim Clarke Sr. opened an appliance store, The Clarke Electric Company in Stamford, according to the company’s website.

“While television is certainly not our core business, we believe in the power of video to communicate and empower,” Clarke noted in the release. “Lidia’s show is totally synergistic with our mission at Clarke. We like to tell our clients that cooking is believing.”

Christina Hennessy