26 Things TV Chefs Won’t Tell You
We went behind the scenes to hear from your favorite chefs on TV to learn their dirtiest kitchen secrets. Goodness, greatness, great balls of fire!
Many TV chefs don’t write or develop their own recipes
Some don’t have time. Other are more focused on being on TV than on cooking, so they would rather pay someone else. And a few just don’t know how. (These are the foods that chefs never order at restaurants.)
If you want the food you make to look as pretty as mine, don’t fill the plate
Putting something small on a bigger plate always looks better, especially if you stack the foods or lay them against each other. Be aware of these dirty restaurant secrets the kitchen crew isn’t telling you.
When a chef forgets to say something important, we have to do what’s called a voice-over
That’s when you’re watching and all of a sudden, you don’t see the chef’s face. Instead, you see a close-up of the bowl or their hands and you hear them saying, “Now add a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon.” With the best talent, you’ll almost never hear a voice-over.
Obviously, we’re not all going to sit around twiddling our thumbs waiting for a roast or a lasagna to cook
So there are people in a second kitchen behind the scenes cooking a bunch of versions of the same recipe so it will be ready to go at different stages. That’s called a swap-out. This is what chefs never, ever order at brunch.
Sure, we burn things
When that happens, we just make sure to pick it up with the charred side away from the camera, and we never flip it over. (Even chefs cook these foods in the microwave.)
Sorry, but we are not going to tell you how bad a recipe is for you
While more chefs are acknowledging that we have a responsibility to people’s health, you’re never going to see calorie counts when we’re making chocolate cake.
Here’s how to enhance just about any dish: Add some acidity
Whether from fresh citrus juice or vinegar, acidity wakes up the palate and makes food jump and pop. (Celebrity chefs says that you should always follow these simple cooking tips.)
Before I host a cooking segment, I go through every step of the recipe with the art director, prop stylist, and food stylist
They ensure I have every tool I need, they mise en place-or prepare and measure out-every ingredient, and they make the finished dish look gorgeous. So keep in mind that it will take you a lot longer to follow this recipe at home-and it probably won’t look quite as perfect.