Episode 2
Episode 2

July 18 at 8/7c

Lodge Cast Iron

It’s taken five generations of Joseph Lodge’s family operation to help usher cast iron cookware into an era of culinary couture. While they appear poised for greater growth and global brand recognition, the journey has not been without struggle.

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Meet the family archivist who takes us back to the humble beginnings of Lodge
Get up-close-and-personal with Lodge cast iron cookware
episode synopsis

Serving up meals and manners

It’s taken five generations of Joseph Lodge’s family operation to help usher cast iron cookware into an era of culinary couture. While they appear poised for greater growth and global brand recognition, the journey has not been without struggle.

Along the way, the family has had to contend with external economic challenges like the Great Depression and world conflicts, including two world wars—times when consumers were tightfisted and raw materials were scarce. But, if you ask them, it’s facing the fire of adversity that makes them stronger as a family and as a business.

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CEO Emeritus Bob Kellerman recalls the recent transition of power to Henry Lodge

Following along as the company transfers leadership from Bob Kellerman, their current CEO of over 40 years, to Henry Lodge, a transition that marks a continuation of family steering the helm of the company since the founding.

During his tenure, Bob has overseen the growth and expansion of the family business into an internationally respected culinary brand. He’s overseen the literal branding of the company and the changes that come with growth, while maintaining a deep respect and adherence to the golden rule—the values espoused by their family.

Now, at the crossroads of new leadership, these two men reflect on, and navigate the waters of, success, mortality and generational wisdom. Their hand-off culminates in the grand opening of a new foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, a symbol of the bright future ahead.

If you want to know how nearly indestructible, heirloom quality cookware is made, tune into this episode. Go behind-the-scenes of this iconic manufacturer, as they allow unprecedented access to their product development and manufacturing process.

This is also the tale of a family serving up not just meals, but also manners. Cultural and societal influences have helped grow the Lodge brand. It’s no coincidence that the embrace of Southern U.S. culture—a heritage built on food, tradition and work ethic—has been a pivotal tailwind to Lodge’s success.

Insights from Hunter Lewis, Editor-in-Chief at Food & Wine Magazine, as well as Laura Daily, Chief Merchant at Cracker Barrel, testify to how this 150-year-old brand has become more relevant in the new millennium by helping to connect generations with food and each other.

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Bob Kellerman, CEO Emeritus
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