Talent Tests

by in View All Posts, February 24th, 2009

Sometimes I feel as though as our Studios A & B never sleep. 

Right after Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (or as we call it: SORC or Secrets) wrapped up last week in Studio A, a few of the producers and I headed over into Studio B for a quick run of Talent Tests.  Studio B, as most studios, wear a variety of hats.  Just by redirecting the lights away from Next Food Network Star’s (aka: NFNS or Star) lounge like set (don’t worry, you’ll see those orange walls soon enough) and setting up some monitors and cameras, we were ready within a few hours with what looked like a completely new set! 

The 3 ladies came in the next day, did a fantastic job… and now Studio B is back to being NFNS ready!  It still amazes me how versatile a blank canvas can be, sometimes completely unrecognizable from week to week. 

Next up on my plate: another Talent Test shooting in our Kitchens (any reason to hang with Rob Bleifer is enough reason for me to come to work) and then Guy’s Big Bite in the end of March!!

A couple of important notes: 

1. On the Rob Bleifer front, I did his makeup last week for a webisode!  Ok, I put a little bit of powder on him (courtesy my friend Kathleen who is our Make-Up Artist) – but STILL!  It was awesome.

2. Congrats to a new Good Food Garden that went up over the weekend in South Beach!!! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you better check out the link!)  Way to go, Sarah!



Kendra, Operation Foodie

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Comments (5)

  1. Tanner says:

    I bet you will film me someday! hopefully, I’m 14 and plan on beinga food network star!

  2. Lana says:

    I'm curious about what a "talent test" is too. Please elaborate?

  3. Robin Koury says:

    Kendra, with every post I envy your position at FN more and more. Talent Tests sound very exciting and what an incredible opportunity for you to meet potential talent on their initial visit to FN. It seems like a rewarding process to be both part of the selection of new talent as well as helping in their development. I know I couldn’t help becoming personally attached to both the talent and show in which they host. I’m excited to see Rob Bleifer’s webisode but I can’t help wondering will I pay more attention to the webisode content or his makeup? Would you be willing to share how an individual becomes eligible for a talent test and what the process of talent testing is like?

  4. Kendra says:

    But of course!! I am not involved in the Talent Search process so I treat the “Test” just like any other show – booking crew, getting the studio ready, tech etc, etc. What I can tell you is that the new talent prepares a recipe (or 2) for a camera test. We use our culinary producers, stylists, and everyone involved in a regular shoot. One thing we almost always have them cook is eggs (and sometimes will throw in a knife test too) – eggs are quick and there are thousands of ways to cook them. I hope this helps!! Sorry, I can’t give away TOO many secrets :)

  5. Robin Koury says:

    Thanks for your reply Kendra. Very interesting information. Note to self: Practice making eggs! As always your posts are fabulous! Thanks for giving us the inside dish!!

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