You know a recipe is going to be a hit when the crew is inching towards the kitchen island, waiting for the director to yell “cut!”, prepared to lunge forth and get a bite as quickly as possible. You also know it’s going to be a hit when the crew then goes home for the weekend and comes back to set on Monday saying that they all cooked it at home. This is the most talked about, most eaten, most craved, and probably most crew-cooked recipe of the whole run of our newest show 5 Ingredient Fix, featuring our newest star Claire Robinson. Luckily for all of you, that very recipe will appear on this Saturday’s episode “Rise and Shine”, April 18 at 9:30 AM ET/PT.
What is this mysterious recipe?
Do you wear an apron when you cook?
For some reason I never do, but I’m going to start now that I’ve seen how fun and cute an apron can be. Claire Robinson has shown me the way on her new show 5 Ingredient Fix, which premieres this Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 AM. It may look like she’s wearing a cute skirt, but look again, they’re aprons. Super adorable aprons! The sassy aprons are designed by Claire herself and are made of a wide variety of vintage and modern materials. The rack of aprons on set were often the topic of conversation, as many of us just couldn’t decide which one we loved best.
They were all too cute, all different, and we all had apron envy. So much so that Beth Burke, Director of Programming, showed up on set in her own vintage apron! Trying to steal the show Beth?
He may not be your idea of a Food Network star, but I can bet that when he makes his debut alongside his human companion, Claire Robinson, on the new series 5 Ingredient Fix, he will be taking the food world by storm. Ladies and gentleman, introducing…Newman the Wonder Dog!!!
This little French bulldog is the special guest for a French-inspired meal on Claire’s upcoming new series, which focuses on recipes that require only 5 ingredients or fewer. Check back here on The FN Dish, March 30, for a sneak peek at Claire and the new show, then tune in starting Saturday, April 4 at 9:30am/8:30c for the premiere….If you listen closely you might even hear some doggie snoring in the background!
~ Fay, Programming
If you’re a loyal viewer of one of our longest running series – Unwrapped – you might have noticed recently that we finally let our esteemed host Marc Summers out of that diner. No longer is he cooped up in a set diner- his Unwrapped scenes are now being shot all around town!
You can see the excitement in his face as he is simply thrilled to be out and about and interacting with the real world. (Don’t you know, we had him locked up all these years!) Shooting in the field with Marc also reminds us just how big a celebrity he is, as people of all ages – toddlers to seniors – were jumping for a chance to meet him. Whether it was from Double Dare, or What Would You Do?, or from his many years on Food Network, people everywhere are all smiles to see him. I was lucky enough to tag along recently when Unwrapped was shooting at locations around New York City. I was so impressed to find that Marc was the epitome of graciousness, taking time from his long, tiring day to talk to every one of those fans, sign autographs, snap photos, and give a bunch of viewers a memorable day in New York City.
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.
There is a wind tunnel right outside the Food Network offices. In the dead of winter, the dedicated employees here fight a raging vortex of frigid winds just to cross 9th Avenue to make it to work. It’s especially fun when it’s 16 degrees out, as it was this morning. 16F.
What can a dedicated FN staffer do to beat the punishing cold?
Come in out of the cold here.