Dining with the Dean

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 0.0  (8)

Dining with the Dean is a BYUtv show hosted by Dan Debenham. The show premiered in 2011 and focuses on bringing people together over good food and conversation. Each episode features Debenham and a guest, who is often a college student or faculty member, sharing a meal at the dean's house.

The show's premise is simple: Debenham invites a guest to have a meal with him and the dean. The guest could be anyone from a student who has achieved academic success to a member of the faculty who has made a significant contribution to the university. Debenham and the guest sit down to eat, and throughout the meal, they chat about a variety of topics.

One of the unique aspects of Dining with the Dean is that the show is unscripted. The conversations are entirely natural, and the guests are not given any questions or prompts ahead of time. This makes for an interesting and engaging viewing experience, as viewers get a glimpse into the lives of students and faculty members at BYU.

At its core, Dining with the Dean is about community building. The show is meant to showcase the sense of community that exists at BYU and to encourage others to get involved. Debenham and the dean are both passionate about fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment on campus, and this comes through in the conversations they have with their guests.

Throughout the show's run, Debenham and the dean have hosted a variety of guests, each with their own stories to share. Some episodes feature students who have overcome significant obstacles to achieve success, while others focus on faculty members who have made groundbreaking discoveries in their fields.

One particularly memorable episode features a student who was born in Nigeria and raised in Ghana. The student came to BYU to study engineering and spoke candidly about his experiences as an international student. The conversation touched on everything from cultural differences to the challenges of adapting to life in a new country.

Another episode features a professor who has spent his career researching the history of the American West. The conversation delved into the professor's research and the unique perspective he brings to his field as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One of the most significant themes of Dining with the Dean is the importance of education. Debenham and the dean are both passionate about the value of a college education and the transformative power it can have on individuals and communities. Many of the guests on the show speak about the impact that their education has had on their lives, and how it has opened doors they never thought possible.

In addition to highlighting the importance of education, Dining with the Dean also showcases the sense of community that exists at BYU. Many of the guests on the show talk about the friends they have made on campus and the close relationships they have forged with their professors. The show is an excellent reminder of the value of forming strong relationships and building a supportive community.

Overall, Dining with the Dean is an engaging and heartwarming show that highlights the best of BYU. The conversations are natural and unscripted, and the guests are diverse and interesting. The show is a testament to the sense of community that exists at BYU and to the transformative power of education.

Dining with the Dean is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on September 29, 2011.

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Oklahoma State University
13. Oklahoma State University
December 2, 2011
The Cowboys of Oklahoma State University compete for $3,000.
Ohio State University
12. Ohio State University
November 27, 2011
It's a big time cooking rivalry at Ohio State University when the African American Heritage Festival Committee goes up against the BuckeyeThon service team.
University of Arkansas
11. University of Arkansas
November 18, 2011
News flash! Media madness explodes on the campus of the University of Arkansas when the student newspaper squares off in the kitchen against the student TV station.
University of Idaho
10. University of Idaho
November 11, 2011
Things heat up in the kitchen at the University of Idaho when the Vandal Snow snowrider team takes on the Circle K service club.
University of Nebraska
9. University of Nebraska
November 4, 2011
It's all about culinary diversity and stovetop ingenuity when the Afrikan Peoples Union face off against the National Agri-Marketing Association on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
8. Loyola-Marymount
October 28, 2011
It's cooking "California style" when Dining with the Dean heads to Loyola Marymount University. Surf and sunny skies set the stage for a serious competition between the Ignatians and the Student Worker Program.
Weber State
7. Weber State
October 21, 2011
The cooking is colorful, creative, and just a little crazy when the Spanish Club at Weber State University goes up against the Associated Actors and Technicians.
Oregon State
6. Oregon State
October 14, 2011
The OSU Beaver Bites go head-to-head with the Flat Tails for culinary bragging rights and $3,000 in prize money.
5. BYU
October 6, 2011
BYU's Ad Lab pits their cooking chops against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club.
U. of Central Florida
3. U. of Central Florida
September 23, 2011
Things heat up when the UCF rugby team squares off against the Rosen Student Forum for the culinary approval of the dean.
Utah vs. BYU
2. Utah vs. BYU
September 16, 2011
Blue and Red go head to head as the Men's Soccer Club from the U faces off against the Cougarettes from the Y.
Utah State
1. Utah State
September 29, 2011
Utah State's A-Team takes on the Student Services Center in a competition to win the culinary favor of the dean, with only 30 dollars and three...
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Dining with the Dean is available for streaming on the BYUtv website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dining with the Dean on demand at and BYUtv.
  • Premiere Date
    September 29, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    0.0  (8)