Much like you probably prepare to cook an important meal by stocking up on any ingredients and specialty tools you may need, so, too, do the culinary teams on Food Network shows before filming begins. Shopping for goods to stock the pantry and refrigerator is up to them. For the all-new series Beat Bobby Flay, the team was tasked with readying the kitchen with enough food and equipment for not one round of cooking, but two, and the selection had to be great enough to ensure that the guest chefs and Bobby would be able to make whatever dish they wanted.
FN Dish was on the set of Beat Bobby Flay recently and caught up with the show’s culinary producer, Danielle LaRosa, to find out more about what it takes to make the series happen. Read on below to see insider photos of the kitchen and learn some of the most-popular ingredients on set from Danielle.
“We have at least 200 items in our pantry daily for both contestants and Bobby to have access to,” Danielle said. “Some of these 200 items include 30 kinds of spices (plus more as the season has gone on), 80 items in the dry pantry (including breads, vinegars, dried fruit, etc.), [and] 45 different kinds of fruits and vegetables.”
In the refrigerator, there are “20 different kinds of cheeses and dairy items,” she added, noting that there are also “12 different types of herbs [and] 12 different types of meats and seafood” available. According to her, “The most-used food products from our pantry this season are pomegranates, Brussels sprouts [and] guanciale.”
“On set we would have about 100 pieces of equipment including food processors, blenders, knife blocks, cutting boards, pots and pans of all sizes, etc.,” Danielle said.