by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 22nd, 2017
by Maria Russo, May 28th, 2015
Yesterday we introduced you to Natalie Sideserf, one half of the Sideserf Cake Studio business — and one half of the Sideserf family. Today it’s all about Natalie’s business partner and husband, Dave. Together, the Sideserfs are set to star on the all-new upcoming series Texas Cake House (premiering Monday, July 10 at 9|8c), which will give fans an insider’s look at how this power couple bring their next-level cake creations to life and manage to navigate their marriage along the way.
While Natalie handles much of the design elements of their business, Dave’s role runs the gamut, he tells us. But he’s quick to add that when it comes to eating and working with cake, “The taste test is my favorite part!” Read on below to hear more from Dave and find out how what he thinks is the trickiest part of running Sideserf Cake Studio. And learn all about his and Natalie’s too-cute dog, Mrs. Robinson.
Tell us a bit about your background and how you came to work with Natalie.
Dave Sideserf: I have always liked cooking and worked in kitchens growing up. After graduating college, I worked in the tech field, where I learned a ton about business development. After years of building the foundation of Sideserf Cake Studio, the time finally came where we both realized my full-time assistance was needed.
What was it like leaving your career to work with Natalie at Sideserf Cake Studio?
DS: My previous employer was a startup that was hired by some pretty major companies. Much of my time was spent working with those organizations onsite, which allowed me to gain a lot of exposure to the inner workings of businesses of varying sizes. That experience has been extremely helpful in building our brand. Read more
by Operation Foodie in View All Posts, April 28th, 2009
Much like Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are no strangers to the inner workings of Food Network Star. These Food Network executives know well what to look for as they discern glimmers of Star power among the hopef...
by Operation Foodie in View All Posts, February 24th, 2009
Things are busy buzzing in our studios!
We are using all areas of Food Network (Studio A, Studio B, and green rooms) for the preparation of The Next Food Network Star FINALE shoot, happening tomorrow (sorry, I can’t give you ANYmore information than that)… Well, if you’re interested, I am waiting to hear if the director needs two more cameras and extra drapes (exciting, right?!).
The picture above shows you a peek at the finale set construction – I can tell you that the finale will be, by far, the most shimmering, dazzling finale of Next Food Network Star yet! Let’s just say, I keep waiting for Fosse to stroll on stage.
Kendra, Operation Foodie
by Fay in View All Posts, February 19th, 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
Here’s a little tip for any viewers out there that might someday have an opportunity to screen test for the Food Network: Pick a demo recipe that includes corn nuts as one of the ingredients. Today, we were all huddled in Studio B for talent tests, freezing and hungry, and running behind schedule.
As luck would have it, our test subject whipped up a delicious salad topped with those crunchy golden nuggets of corn goodness. And I discovered that no one can resist corn nuts! The extra tub of corn nuts that we wouldn’t need for the shoot was gone within minutes, as everyone tried their best to crunch quietly in the background. Ah, corn nuts, the ultimate in studio mood elevators.