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Guy’s Big Set

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, April 13th, 2009

Check out Guy’s first reaction to his new and improved set for Guy’s Big Bite.

Best Dressed Producer in (food) Television

by in View All Posts, December 17th, 2008

The people populating your typical set for a Food Network show generally wouldn’t be winning a lot of fashion awards. The crew has a lot of running around to do, and let’s be honest, we didn’t get into this line of work to wear suits and skirts every day. But one notable exception to this rule could be found on the set of Ask Aida Season 2: Executive Producer Irene Wong. It doesn’t matter that the set is an obstacle course of fat cables, Irene will be wearing heels. Tall heels. I rarely seen her in pants, let alone jeans. Fabulous dresses, killer boots, hair perfectly in place. In short, Irene brings the style and puts the rest of us to shame (she’s the Susie Fogelson of the set).

As an example contrast this pic of Irene on set (pic on the left) with with a shot of a more typical wardrobe choice (pic on the right)…

Important Kicks Comparison

Personally, I think the sneaker selections of Executive Producer Bob Larson and myself are pretty sharp and certainly practical, but I think Irene made us all feel pretty slobby that day.

~ Fay

Backstage with Guy

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, December 15th, 2008

The FN Dish goes backstage at Guy Fieri’s upcoming special, Guy’s Big Night.

FN DISH CONTEST!

Enter in the comments a short description of your favorite diner, drive-in, or dive — the top entry will win the autographed book featured in the video!! Thanks to all who submitted cooking techniques — CONTEST ENDED on 12/21 — winner will be contacted via email!

Dish on Dishes — Wendy’s Back

by in View All Posts, December 5th, 2008

Various serving trays from Food NetworkFN Dish recently posted about the secret storage room that houses Food Network’s props, flatware and goodies from the last fifteen years. FN Set Decorator Wendy and her colleague Jamie curate the entire collection.

FN Fan, Robin, recently asked an excellent question: “When a show is introduced with a new on-air personality, how are props selected? Is a collaborative process between you and the on-air personality?”

Here’s the scoop from Wendy… “I really like to blend new, used and vintage elements to create intriguing backgrounds and tabletop designs… Most people live among newly-acquired purchases or gifts, heirlooms, impulse items, and hand-me-downs. This is the same for sets at Food Network, except with attention paid to camera angles, color, which foods will be featured, etc.”

As Robin guessed, Wendy does meet with each chef, along with key members of the Food Network production team before a show commences shooting. This helps her translate their vibe, energy and personality into the artistic choices seen on air. Have a question for Wendy? Post below and let her know.

Recognize these bold pieces from Sunny Anderson‘s set?

Ask Aida — FN Dish Exclusive

by in View All Posts, November 11th, 2008

Aida Mollenkamp, Ask Aida
Want to Ask Aida your food question? Can’t wait for the episode?

The FN Dish will be on set with Aida and Noah this week. If you have a food question, post it below. The FN Dish will select a couple of burning questions, will Ask Aida and then we’ll post the answers here on The FN Dish shortly.

UPDATE: Check out Aida’s answers to your questions in the comments!

Alton Brown — Pounding on Asphalt

by in View All Posts, October 23rd, 2008


Alton Brown and his lovely wife, DeAnna, braved a sunny but cold NYC morning the other day, not far from the Food Network offices. The couple was walking briskly while squeaking in some speed window shopping in the process. They headed up from the quaint West Village into the Meatpacking District, which is home to more than a few high-end retailers and boutiques from Diane von Furstenberg to Catherine Malandrino and Stella McCartney.

It was clear that many of the passers-by were also serious Iron Chef fans. Alton and DeAnna got more than their fair share of rubbernecking tourists, curious stares and whiplash glances. Even in jaded New York City, it’s hard not to be star struck sometimes…