episode six - fly fishing

Outside of Bozeman, Montana


nominated for a
James Beard award

We’re very happy to announce that Kitchen Unnecessary was nominated for a James Beard Award. Our third episode, Burn Morels (with Langdon Cook) was nominated in the category: Online Video, on Location. This has been a lifetime goal of Ashley’s and we couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done and honored to be nominated.

Ashley Rodriguez foraging for Chanterelle


Cooking outside is not just for summer, our series shows you the magic of cooking seasonal ingredients over the fire all year long. Rain or shine – or snow, Ashley Rodriguez and her guests will show you how to embrace cooking outdoors with the wild foods we find.

Our passion is to get outside as often as we can. To grasp a sense of awe as we surround ourselves with towering trees, vast oceans, massive mountains, and a world of wild foods. Then come together, around the fire, cook an extraordinary meal and share it with others.

Our Crew

Director & Cinematographer / Chris Baron
Host & Producer / Ashley Rodriguez
Producer / Julie Hubert
Photographer & Content Producer / Gabe Rodriguez
Ep. 1 & 2 Director of Photography / John Harrison
Ep. 3 & 6 Additional Cinematographer / Brian Lee
Ep.4 & 5 Additional Cinematographer / Brian Tucker

saveur blog awards 2018 best food video

Winner of Saveur Blow Awards 2018 Best food Videos

We're so very proud to share that we won Editor's Choice for Saveur 2018 Blog Awards Best Food Video!! We celebrated by attending the awards held in Memphis and fell in love with the famous Peabody Hotel ducks and enjoyed our time eating and drinking with so many talented and lovely folks that were gathered. Thank you for voting for us throughout the process and sharing our videos, we truly appreciate you all.



Episode One

Ashley meets up with author, local and international wild food legend, and the VP of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, Daniel Winkler. Together in a rain soaked forest they search for mushroom gold; the chanterelle. In this episode we learn how to make a simple, warm cocktail in the woods as well as a warm mushroom salad, pizza in a cast iron pan and we make Fondue in a pumpkin topped with our elusive chanterelles.

Episode Two

Oysters, Clams, and Geoduck are in their prime in the winter but with the best hunt at zero tide that means late nights on the beach in the cold. Our expert guide for this episode is Shina Wysocki, a 2nd generation oyster farmer and owner of Chelsea Farms near Olympia, Washington. Watch as Ashley and Shina don headlamps and lanterns in search of the Pacific Northwest’s most prized ingredients and set up camp to cook their catch once daylight hits.



Langdon Cook, a wild food author and educator takes us into the "burn zone"; the site of a recent forest fire, where we search for prized morel mushrooms. With a bucket full of Fire Morels we cook a three-course feast all over the fire featuring our wild food finds.


Alaska Episode - Part one

In this episode, Ashley teams up with Nelly and Michael Hand of Drifters Fish on a quest for Coho Salmon. Then, she joins Raven Madison, lifetime Cordovan and local herbalist to forage and hunt.

Alaska Episode - Part two

We continue the hunt with Raven Madison as we find ourselves face to face with two Bull Moose. These adventures culminate in a collaborative feast cooked over the fire with the immense beauty of Sheridan Glacier as a backdrop.

Episode six

Springtime in Montana! Ashley meets up with Ranga Perera of Laurian's Table. Together they fly fish for rainbow trout, and forage for cattails and other spring edibles. Around the fire they create a feast that celebrates the incredible ingredients they have found and take time to reflect on the power of being in the moment that fly fishing and eating around the fire provides.



We're always looking for the next adventure, new gear to get into nature and cook with as well as brands to collaborate with. Please reach out if you've got any location or equipment suggestions or if you're a brand looking to get your product out in nature with our crew. We'd love to hear from you.

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