Claire Robinson, star of Food Network's 'Five Ingredient Fix'
"People don't realize how many hands are involved even before
Rachael, Guy or Melissa touch the food," explains
He's not kidding. The Food Network's behind-the-scenes kitchen, in
its studio located above the Chelsea Markets in
"Typically between 15 and 20 people are involved just for the
culinary elements of a basic cooking show," says
Planning for a daytime cooking show starts several months in advance in meetings between the host of the show and a culinary producer. The producers make sure the recipes selected will make an interesting show and that everything can be cooked within a program.
A lot of enticing recipes don't make the cut. "I had to tell Chef
Culinary producers "organize every detail" of a given episode,
The culinary producer also plans all the "swap outs" -- the examples
of a single recipe prepared at different stages of completion. "We don't
want the TV crew to have to stand around and wait for three hours for
the osso bucco to cook," jokes
One of the most surprising behind-the-scenes facts is the tiny earphone worn by many of the cooking show hosts. "Cooking on TV is a hard job," says Novatt. "You need to really actually cook, while listening to the culinary producer whispering in your ear telling you to smile and to move your hand because it's blocking the celery, all while you also have to pay attention to the studio director on the floor who is pointing to which camera you have to face."
"What's great about the Food Network studio environment," says
The Food Network by the Numbers
The Food Network:
--Donates 22,000 pounds of food each year to the charity City Harvest.
--Purchases 1,200 pounds of butter and 1,100 pounds of flour each year.
--Cooks about 78 turkeys each year in preparation for their various
--Has used over 22,000 pounds of secret ingredients throughout all of the 141 battles to date for "Iron Chef America."
--Provides a fully stocked pantry of 250 items to each guest chef for "Iron Chef America," including 30 types of herbs and spices, nine types of flour, eight different oils, seven vinegars and five kinds of salt.
--Hires two employees to cover up the brand-name labels on cans and jars of products shown on-air.
Food Network Insider Terms
"Swap out" -- an example of a dish prepared up to a certain stage in the recipe, which is substituted during the taping of the show so that the home viewer can see all the stages of the cooking process.
"Talent" -- a Food Network host or cooking-show chef.
"Grabs" -- close-up shot of the chef's hand picking up -- grabbing -- specific ingredients. "Pick up shot" is a wide shot of the chef demonstrating a technique. Both these shots will be inserted later during the editing phase.
"Greeking" -- covering the brand labels on cans and jars that will be shown on-air.
"Beauties" -- the finished dishes that are shot in close-ups shown throughout a cooking show.
"Video Village" -- the area just off the set where the producers sit to watch monitors during the taping of a show.
"B-roll" -- the extra footage taped outside the studio, showing scenes such as the host shopping for an ingredient or visiting a local farmer. The footage is added to the show after taping the cooking segments.
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Back in 1949, a little girl in California fell down a well. As diggers tried to save her, a huge crowd gathered. The rescue attempt, which took several days, was broadcast nationwide on radio -- and followed anxiously on a new medium called television. Since that moment, kids and danger have been an irresistible lure for broadcasters
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