Boca woman stars in new television show

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By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor
Being a grandma doesn’t mean you have to play bingo and take advantage of the early bird special.
A new lifestyle, health and cooking series on WPBT Channel 2 shows what being over the hill looks like for Boca Raton resident, chef and fitness expert Carmel Baranoff.
Aimed at helping baby boomers realize they can fulfill their dreams at any age, Baranoff zip lines, does aerial yoga and gets behind her kitchen to show how easy it can be to whip up a healthy meal. The 30 minute segments of Living Well With Carmel air at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The final episode of this season is set to air on Aug. 6.
Then, the show, which is sponsored by Curad, is set to air nationally to more than 66 million households.
The 55-year-old Atlantic City native said she always dreamed of moving to Florida and starring in a cooking television show. She moved to Florida in 1985 and her show aired on June 25.
“I would always watch channel 2 and the cooking shows like Julia Childs,” she said. “I pictured myself being on TV.”
She said she would have her husband film her preparing meals and she believes that the show came her way because she saw it in her future.
Now, she said she wants the show to influence others her age to live their best life through preparing good food, being active and having a positive mindset.
Each episode focuses on a different topic from friendship to community. She uses the theme to show viewers how to substitute unhealthy ingredients for healthier options. For instance, when she bakes she uses organic maple syrup as a sweetener rather than white sugar. In one episode she shows how to make soup without all the heavy cream and butter.
Other segments of each episode include ways to stay fit through activities like rock climbing or aerial yoga. She even checks in with famous Baby Boomers like pop artist Romero Britto, Tony Dow of Leave It To Beaver and Tina Louise of Gilligan’s Island to see what they are up to in their later years.
“It feels so natural to me,” she said of being filmed for the show. “I have been cooking all of my life and I feel comfortable in the kitchen.”
Of course, she said she can’t prepare for the unexpected, like when she fell zip lining during filming or when the ocean was too rough to film her and her family paddle boarding.
“Things can be challenging,” she said. “But mainly, it just feels fun.”
When asked if viewers can expect a season two, she didn’t hesitate to say, “Yes.”
For more information about Living Well with Carmel, to view episodes and check out recipes, visit: http://lwwc.tv.