Sunday Sauce to Turkey Mole

by in View All Posts, December 11th, 2008

Operation Foodie here, with an insider look at production — on set at the Food Network Studios.

Just as recipes range from second-nature to baker-perfection, so does food television production. The dependents upon what make it a cinch vs. the need for more elbow grease vary… Shows like 30 Minute Meals are well-oiled machines that literally take about 30 minutes to shoot. The crew is small, Rachael is very low maintenance, the set practically builds itself, and the days fly by. These are what I consider the “Sunday Sauce” shows: consistently good and something the whole family finds comfort in.

Others take more managing, prep, and creative organizing. I call these the intricate “Turkey Mole” shows. The ingredients are particular, measurements precise, timing is specific, and attention to detail is immense.  Our “Turkey Mole” shows range from the new, like Guy Off The Hook, to the veterans, like Iron Chef America. Crew sizes are much larger and there are a million things on the stove at once (literally and figuratively).

Guy Off The Hook was my first show in larger Studio A, and I recall how much prep work was required just catering for the audience.  I was amazed at how much our team genuinely cared about the experience each guest would take home. From the moment Guy walked on the stage to wild cheers, I knew we’d achieved much more than we had hoped for.

That’s all for now! Back up to the studio to check in the crew for Tyler’s Ultimate!

~ Operation Foodie

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Comments (3)

  1. Robin Koury says:

    As a viewer its hard to appreciate all of the hard work and stress that goes into each show unless you’re there to see it in action. I was fortunate enough to attend the taping of the first two episodes of Guy of the Hook and both Guy and the staff were “off the hook”. As an audience member, I felt welcome and appreciated. The staff worked like a well oiled machine when it came to seating, bathroom breaks, and even the delicious FULL lunch we were served. The entire experience exceeded my wildest expectations!

  2. Kendra says:

    Hi Robin – Thank you so much! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here with us! Happy Holidays, Kendra (Operation Foodie)

  3. Anthony says:

    I did not realize that much work and thought goes into the audience as well as the production of the show. It makes me happy to know that the people get as much love as the food does.

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