Behind the Scenes
Nothing pleases me more than waking up on a weekend morning and switching on the Food Network. I love watching marathons of Iron Chef America or Food Network Challenge, hours and hours of great entertainment. I’ve always wondered what it actually takes to make a food show (even though we’ve all seen behind the scenes footage of our favourite studio audience sitcoms).
A few weeks ago I gate crashed was invited to the filming of Kelsey & Spike Cook, a show of roughly five minute webisodes from Food2.com. Kelsey & Spike Cook is a fun spin on classic dishes. Kelsey, of The Next Food Network Star, tends to go by the book, while former Top Cheftestant, Spike, in true form, turns it around and breaks from the norm of conventional cooking. I actually witnessed him rolling out pastry with the handle of a broom.
Check out those shenanigans and a few behind the scenes secrets after the jump.
One of the first things I was stunned by were the amount of crew it takes to film. Despite the show only being five minutes in length, it still takes a full production company to make it happen. I counted at least fourteen crew to the two hosts, multiple cameras, photographers and sound folk.
As they were filming ten shows over two days there were of course many costume changes. Spike’s signature hats were even on hand for a supporting role- they can’t be seen wearing the same outfit now can they. It was insanely serious!
In addition to the show-kitchen there was a full kitchen with staff behind the scenes creating back up dishes of what the hosts were cooking. It takes at least an hour to film a five minute show. The back up food was needed for heat effect, you know, to get that cooked look with steam rising off the dish and that picture perfect result.
Kelsey was quick to tell me that the dish I got to try was not in fact her creation but of the chef from the kitchen out back, hers was apparently much better, natch.
The kitchen was a mass of excitement, the food was great and the stars were a thrill to watch. I recommend you check out some of their videos once you’ve posted a comment or two here.