MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO SEMINAR SERIES, THE: THE EDIBLE AIRWAVES: HOW TO COOK FOR TELEVISION {LONG VERSION}

Summary

One in this series of seminars presented by the Museum of Television & Radio. Held at the Museum in New York, and moderated by food critic and author Jeffrey Steingarten, this seminar examines the Food Network. Panelists include the network's senior vice president of programming Bob Tuschman as well as on-air chefs Mario Batali ("Molto Mario," "Mario Eats Italy," "Ciao America"), Alton Brown ("Good Eats"), and Giada de Laurentiis ("Everyday Italian"). Museum assistant curator Allen Glover opens the evening with some introductory remarks before turning it over to the president of the Food Network, Brooke Bailey Johnson. Johnson presents a network highlight tape which featuring chefs Rachael Ray, Batali (including a segment from "Iron Chef America"), de Laurentiis, and Brown. Afterward, Johnson introduces the panelists, including moderator Steingarten (food critic for Vogue, author of "The Man Who Ate Everything," and regular panelist/judge on "Iron Chef America"), who take the stage. Brown discusses why his show -- "Good Eats" -- is shot differently than other shows on the network. Batali talks about his own "hip" style of dress, and how the Food Network transformed Emeril Lagasse into a "clown." Batali also talks about competing on "Iron Chef" against Wolfgang Puck. Brown talks about touching on the "tragic" side of cooking in terms of having to kill animals. De Laurentiis describes her famous grandfather, film producer Dino de Laurentiis, and his relationship with food. She further discusses her early days as a chef, and television chef pioneer Julia Child. Tuschman discusses the network's business model and financing plans as well as the production values on the shows. He further details how he locates "talents" and how he came to cast de Laurentiis. Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following topics: guest chefs; how perceptions of cooking have changed in America; Martha Stewart's influence on the Food Network; Brown's background in science; how to correctly crack an egg; how the internet is used to enhance the network's shows; how each panelist got into cooking; what the audience doesn't see occurring off-camera; and studio audiences.

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  • DATE: March 1, 2005 Tuesday 6:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:34:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:85643
  • GENRE: Seminars
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CREDITS

      Allen Glover........ Host
    • Brooke Bailey Johnson........ Host
    • Jeffrey Steingarten........ Moderator
    • Mario Batali........ Panelist
    • Alton Brown........ Panelist
    • de Laurentiis, Giada........ Panelist
    • Bob Tuschman........ Panelist
    • Julia Child
    • de Laurentiis, Dino
    • Emeril Lagesse
    • Wolfgang Puck
    • Rachael Ray
    • Martha Stewart

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