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Chef John Shields interacting with farmer at farmers market with fresh produce in the background.

With John Shields

Live. Learn. And protect the bounty of the Chesapeake region.

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Our Common Table is a nonprofit organization that wants to spread our message of respect and conservation for the Chesapeake and its bounty. We believe that a single action, like preparing a simple meal for our friends and family, can make a difference in the community and that collective action can greatly impact our region and the world. Through education and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.

Chesapeake Farm & Bay to Table

Chesapeake Farm & Bay to Table is a partnership between Harford County Public Library and Our Common Table. Each episode of the free streamed cooking show shines a light on our area’s food artisans, farmers, seafood, and local businesses. There are three seasons worth of episodes to stream now. To check out past episodes and recipes click below!


Chef John Shields––otherwise known as the Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay––has been cooking nearly his whole life. He began his career cooking with his grandmother Gertie Cleary at an early age and never looked back. Little did he know that he would become an accomplished celebrity chef owning many restaurants, writing four popular cookbooks, starring in two national public television series, and so much more.


Learn more about Our Common Table and get the latest updates on events, recipes, and more.

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