Almost every foodie loves a cooking show or two. Maybe you adore competition shows, such as Top Chef or Chopped. Perhaps you have a soft spot for Ina Garden or Gordon Ramsay. Sure, some cooking shows are better than others. But celebrity cooking shows can be entertaining. Plus, they expose you to recipes that can help you cook like a master chef at home.
No matter how many cooking shows you watch, you probably know little about how they’re produced. Curious about the behind-the-scenes secrets you’d pick up on the set of your favorite cooking show? Read on to get the inside scoop.
1. Many chefs don’t formulate their own recipes
Think you’d never make it as a TV chef if you can’t come up with your own recipes? Think again. Reader’s Digest reports many TV chefs don’t develop their own recipes. The publication explains some don’t have the time. Others “are more focused on being on TV than on cooking.” And still others just don’t have the talent for developing new recipes. As with many other aspects of preparing a dish for TV, most celebrity chefs get plenty of help.