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Chef Adrianne Calvo shows us the ins and outs of owning and operating a restaurant in her new show.
Have you ever wondered how executive chefs create the perfect balance on a menu, or how small details like fresh herbs and restaurant temperatures can make or break a restaurant? Chef Adrianne Calvo takes us behind the curtain at her wine bar, and shows viewers what a food lifestyle is really all about in her new Foodable TV show.
Check out the first two episodes of Calvo’s show online at Foodable TV.
“Food as a Lifestyle is an in depth, real life, view of what it takes to be a great chef, own a restaurant, do a network television cooking segment, write a cookbook, do appearances and events, and still make time for family and friends,” chef Adrianne Calvo told The Daily Meal.
And if that sounds exhausting, it’s because playing the role of chef is only a small fraction of the tasks a restaurant owner and executive chef has to play. The entire series, said Calvo, is about paying attention to the details. Watch out for their Thanksgiving episode, which shows that even executive chefs have trouble during holidays, when she couldn’t get the turkey fryers to work.
“People always ask me, 'how do you do it?' This is it. Now viewers will have a chance to see the real deal,” said Calvo.
Hell's Kitchen: What Most Fans Don't Know About Gordon Ramsay's Hit Show
Gordon Ramsay's ruthless insults are the least of these contestants' worries.
UPDATED: May 7th, 2020
Gordon Ramsay has become famous not only as a world-renowned chef but a popular TV host. His popularity no doubt was boosted by his "unique" attitude towards people (i.e. he's largely known for yelling at the contestants of his series). Nevertheless, we're sure there are many interesting things to know about Gordon Ramsay besides his attitude. For example, his TV success has helped him amass a net worth of $220 million!
While he's linked to multiple shows on The Food Network like MasterChef, perhaps his biggest hit is Hell's Kitchen. This long-running Fox series has two teams of chefs competing for a $250,000 prize and a job at one of Ramsay's restaurants. The show is a hit thanks to the challenges, the dishes, and watching Ramsay scream at the contestants.
Like many reality TV shows, it can be tricky to discern how "real" it is. As it turns out, it's far more real than folks expect. Moreover, the contestants face challenges off-camera that rival those we see on air! Here are some interesting facts about Hell's Kitchen that most fans don't see on the show.
Contestants are told about the challenges ahead of time.
From mystery boxes to immunity challenges, MasterChef is all about putting contestants under pressure. But it turns out contestants are actually told about the challenges beforehand.
𠇌ontestants are given the heads-up on the challenges, themes [and] recipes the night before filming, so they can research techniques and recipes,” an unnamed source told New Idea.
The source also claims that producers choose which contestants to tell in advance so they can plan the content before the cameras start rolling.
“In particular, Poh was told about the 90-minute Gordon Ramsay challenge.”
“Poh and the producers sat down to plot how it would play out on air, plus promos and publicity if she did the 90-minute cake. It worked out perfectly,” the source told the publication.
Former MasterChef contestant Dani Venn confirmed to Mamamia that contestants are given time to think about their dishes before the timer starts.
“There is a little bit more time in between when the judges tell you the challenge and when the challenge actually starts because obviously we have to reset the cameras so you do get maybe a little bit of extra time to think about what you are going to cook,” she said on Mamamia’s The Quicky podcast.
8 . Control Room Peepers
Some guests catch a major case of curiosity after a few drinks — and the producers are definitely onto them. "Charter guests have wandered into production spaces on the yacht by accident — more often than not at night after a few cocktails," producers say, adding, "They try to sneak into our control room to see what's behind the curtain."
But that's not all! If you want to find out what other secrets are in store, like which yachtie Kate Chastain thought was the most attractive or what excited Captain Lee the most about sailing in Thailand, you'll have to watch the special. Tune in when Bravo goes behind the first episode of Season 7, "Man Down," on Thursday, November 7 at 10/9c.
On most shows, the judges are the only ones allowed to decide who wins — no hosts or producers get a say.
Goldman explained that, on the shows he appears on, the duties between different people on set are clearly separated — so the final decision regarding the competition is judges-only.
"No outsiders ever. The host is the host. The producers produce. The judges judge," Goldman told Insider.
Blais agreed, emphasizing that producers don't have a say in who wins.
"I think early on in the reality cooking days there was always concern that producers had something to say about decisions but because of legality they don't," Blais said.
Lofaso told Insider that although producers don't have a say in who wins, sometimes their preferences are evident.
"I've definitely been in a situation where the producers have a certain group of people that they want to stay because their personalities are great or whatever, but the shows that I do it's 100% gameplay, food, and technique," Lofaso said. "I don't allow for it to be swayed by a producer."
Girl Meets Farm: Behind the Scenes with Molly Yeh
Get an exclusive look at Molly Yeh’s life on her sugar beet farm in North Dakota.
Photo By: Melissa Libertelli
Photo By: Melissa Libertelli
Photo By: Melissa Libertelli
Photo By: Melissa Libertelli
Photo By: Melissa Libertelli
Photo By: Melissa Libertelli
An Egg-cellent Collection
Molly Yeh, star of Girl Meets Farm, shows off the eggs she collected from her chicken coop outside her home in North Dakota.
A Fantastic Flock
Molly&rsquos chickens peck around the farm as they get some time in the sun.
Just Another Day on the Farm
Molly and Nick enjoy her Olive Oil Blondies with Chocolate Frosting during a lunch outdoors. She moved from Brooklyn to the sugar beet farm in North Dakota where Nick is a fifth-generation farmer.
Snuggles with Sven
Molly hangs out with her cat Sven, who's been known to help out around the farm.
Sprinkles Bring Smiles
Molly prepares a batch of her Olive Oil Blondies with Chocolate Frosting. She uses just a few sprinkles from her ever-growing collection.
Where the Magic Happens
A look inside Molly&rsquos farmhouse kitchen where she prepares her favorite dishes.
Quality Time in the Kitchen
Molly rolls out pastry dough while her mother-in-law Roxanne Hagen places pistachio butter on cut pastries.
Molly throws a super cute baby shower for her sister-in-law. The buffet spread includes "Walking" Fish Tacos with Crunchy Cabbage Slaw and Cilantro Dressing, Pigs in a Blanket with Harissa Ketchup and Honey Mustard, her signature meatless Meatball Sliders with a Twist and Baked Donuts with Rhubarb, Blood Orange and Blueberry glazes.
Ina Garten never cooks with cilantro on Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten's Hamptons home has a fabulous, sprawling herb garden, and on her show she often picks fresh herbs to use in the dishes she's cooking. But while she often uses rosemary, parsley, chives, and dill, the one herb you'll never see her cook with on Barefoot Contessa is cilantro.
That's because, simply put, Garten hates it.
When asked in an interview how she feels about cilantro, Garten exclaimed "Hate it!" She went on to say "I just hate it. To me it's so strong—and it actually tastes like soap to me— but it's so strong it overpowers every other flavor."
Cilantro is a very polarizing herb, and it turns out the real reason many people hate cilantro is actually genetic. Apparently, for people who have the OR26A gene, cilantro tastes bitter, metallic, and like soap. It's not just in their heads — their palate is stuck thinking that the herb tastes horrible.
Another famous chef that hated the herb was Julia Child. Child once said that if she was served a dish that contained cilantro, "I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor."
Garten is in good company. Still, she doesn't think that you should boycott cilantro just because she'll never cook with it on her show. "I know people love it, and you can add it to the recipe" if you think it calls for it, she said.
Bosch is back: a new Michael Connelly TV series in the works
When I interviewed Michael Connelly in January about the bittersweet finale of Bosch, the hit Amazon Prime television series based on his novels about a Los Angeles detective, I asked him if Harry Bosch would ever return to TV.
Connelly said, “Never say never.”
Seems like Bosch didn’t even have time to put his feet up, sip a beer and listen to some Frank Morgan records. A news release Wednesday announced that Amazon has picked up a spinoff series about the next chapter of Bosch’s life for its free IMDb TV streaming service.
The series will bring back Bosch star Titus Welliver as the beloved tough detective, with Madison Lintz reprising her role as his daughter, Maddie, and Mimi Rogers returning as Honey “Money” Chandler, ace defense attorney and Harry’s frequent nemesis.
There’s no title yet for the spinoff, but filming is set to begin later this year, with Connelly, who has a home in Tampa, continuing in his executive producer role along with the rest of the Bosch creative team.
“I am beyond excited by this and I think the fans that have called for more Bosch will be as well,” Connelly said in the release. “To continue the Harry Bosch story and see him team up with ‘Money’ Chandler will be more than I could have ever wished for. . I can’t wait to get started.”
In the meantime, another TV series, The Lincoln Lawyer, based on Connelly’s novels about attorney Mickey Haller, is set to begin production for Netflix.
The seventh and last season of Bosch will drop on Amazon sometime this summer (no date yet) the first six seasons are streaming.
And if you like your Bosch on the page, he’ll team up with Detective Renée Ballard in Connelly’s next novel, The Dark Hours, out Nov. 9.
9 Contestants Get Very Little Sleep
When watching Hell's Kitchen, you often see contestants being woken up by a phone call that has them frantically getting ready for their day. Their days often start as early as 7am, and it can go on for 19 hours. You don’t know it by watching the show but those late night dinners sometimes don’t end until after 12am and even when they do the chefs are expected to clean up the kitchen afterward. Sometimes they don’t get to sleep until 2 am or later. Contestants have stated that at times they can get almost no sleep at all but usually not more than five hours a day. That’s where their passion comes in, however, without it who would want to work in conditions such as that? It takes a certain amount of commitment in order to work in such stressful conditions with little to no sleep.
What REALLY goes on behind-the-scenes of MasterChef
Birmingham chef Louisa has made her way into the final 6 of MasterChef: The Professionals.
At the tender age of 22, Louisa blown the judges away, getting rave reviews from judges Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing, renowned chef Monica Galetti and MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace.
Louisa, 22, is the senior chef de partie at The Wilderness restaurant in Dudley Street and the only woman to make the final 8. She has certainly proved her mettle and has received fantastic praise.
The young chef who is originally from Luton has lived in Birmingham four years. Before working at The Wilderness, she was chef de partie at Adam&aposs restaurant.
Here Louisa spills the beans on how the judges eat cold food and where the ingredients and kitchen equipment come from.
The interview process is intensive
If you fancy appearing on MasterChef, be prepared for several interviews before getting on the show.
First you apply in writing and if the producers are interested they will phone you for a chat.
If that goes well, there’s a face-to-face interview.
On MasterChef: The Professionals the producers then come to where you work to film you and get you to cook a few dishes.
They also take references from your employers and past employers.
Meeting the judges is intimidating
The first time contestants get to meet the judges is during the first test, whether it&aposs the Skills Test on Professionals or the Market Challenge on MasterChef.
There’s no friendly chat beforehand – they are thrown right into the scary first challenge.
For the Skills Test the studio, normally filled with work benches, is cleared apart from one solitary bench in the middle with Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace
says: “They make you walk all the way across the room to it and by the time you get there you can barely put your apron on. It’s quite terrifying facing them for the first time. You need to take a deep breath and collect yourself”
The series is filmed over the summer
Usually two challenges happen on the same long day and there&aposs a lot of waiting around.
In Professionals, the skills test and signature dish challenges of the heats are filmed on the same day.
Louisa travelled from Birmingham the night before to stay in a hotel, as filming began at 7.30am – and didn’t finish until 8pm.
She then got a train home and was back at work the next day.
“There is a lot of waiting around,” she says. " That&aposs the hardest part! It&aposs easy to over think what you&aposre going to do."
The show supplies all the ingredients
You send them a recipe telling them what you are going to cook – apart from in the Invention Tests – and they source all the ingredients. " I can have sent a list with some specific ingredients and the show tries their best to give you what you need. " says Louisa.
Chefs are given time to work out where things are
You will have time to set up your work bench with all the equipment you will need, apart from in the Invention Test when you don’t know what you’re going to be cooking and everything is a surprise.
The dishes are often cold by the time they reach the judges
The food stays there for a bit after you’ve finished so they can get good shots of it. So it can be cold by the time the judges get to it - especially if you&aposre last to be judged - but they take that into consideration.
Despite that, the crew still polish off any leftovers
Food very rarely gets thrown away. There’s always someone available to eat the delicious food – except if the chefs have messed up and food is under or overcooked and inedible.
The only time the contestants and judges speak to each other
The contestants hear the critics&apos comment the same time the viewers do
During filming you are sheltered to what the critics say about your food - all the good things and the bad. So their comments can be a nice or horrible surprise. " The judges can be quite brutal anyway but it&aposs about taking it as constructive criticism."