Recently a favorite show of mine on TV has been “The Chew” on ABC. The Chew is basically like “The View” but throw in some cooking, a party, and whats not to love? The hosts make delicious meals, sometimes with a theme like Gilligan’s Island or Home Town Favorites along with interviewing guests and some times being all around crazy.
Airing five days a week the show has five co-hosts: Clinton Kelly known for the TV show “What Not To Wear”, Mario Batali the famous Italian Chef, TV personality, author and restauranteur, Carla Hall a previous contestant on Top Chef, and owner of an artisan cookie company, Michael Symon who also stars on the TV show Iron Chef America, and last but not least Daphne Oz, daughter of Oprah’s bff Dr. Oz, bestselling author, and health and wellness enthusiast.
#FACT: The Chew tapes at the ABC studios in Manhattan located at 30W, 67th Street between Central park West and Columbus Ave. If you are wanting to see a taping you should book your free tickets ahead online for a specific date or risk it and try to get in as a stand by.
Last week I was in New York and realized that I was there when the show taped but unfortunately did not have enough time too book online. I saw that I could show up bright and early at 7:30am and hope to stand by and get in to see the show. I was just one person, I figured how hard could it be?
I waited and waited as they slowly let people with tickets in and the line kept getting smaller and smaller. Finally around 9am it was just myself 5 ticket holders and one other girl trying to get a stand by ticket like me and then the bad news came. They were over booked and because of the fire code they couldn’t let anyone else in. Three of the people waiting immediately left, I talked with the people who worked on the show and tried to convince them to let me in. No bueno.
I hung around determined that there would be more seats, all of a sudden they realized there might be three seats still available. Convenient for the 3 ticket holders still left, but not so convenient for me. I was persistent / didn’t have anywhere else to go that early in the morning and waited as long as I could, basically until the show started filming.
It turned out there were 2 two seats available, I hoped so much that the party of 3 wouldn’t want to split up and I could get in, but no luck. The last two people walked in to the show and I sat in the ABC studios lobby trying to figure out what I should do next in NYC, sad that I couldn’t watch the tapping. At that moment my luck changed.
The friendly audience guy who politely told me there was unfortunately no way I was getting in came back out to see if I (the persistent crazy person) was still there, and I was.
He looked at me and said “Twitter is a powerful thing isn’t it? Come on in.”
I was so excited as I quickly walked into the studio with him to see a live taping of The Chew!
(I can’t give away my secrets but just remember Twitter is powerful and when you really want something badly and you have traveled all the way to see a show and waited a couple hours in line to find out you were the only one to not get in anything is possible. However I will give a big shout out to Daphne Oz and The Chew PR lady, both extremely wonderful people.)
I had to stand with the crew for the first part of the show, but after years of working in Film and TV it didn’t bother me at all, I was just happy to be there. I’m often like a kid in a candy store on film and TV sets, still amazed at how everything comes together. It was really exciting when Gordon Elliott the famous Producer of many a great food show and actor was standing close by directing the show from the floor. It was even more exciting when Daphne came over just to say “Hi” to me. She is so wonderful!
I was there for the taping of Episode 99 and the crew of the show seemed to be a happy well oiled machine. I can only assume that the 5 hosts had rehearsed the whole show before the audience was piled in because they filmed it live to tape and not once did anyone flub a line or make a mistake. I was also surprised to see that there were at least 7 or 8 people that dealt with the food prep for each segment and I’m sure there were more not working on set but working “behind the scenes”.
The taping was over before I knew it, in and out in little over an hour. As I left, I got to chat with Daphne again and grab that photo from above. As I walked out the door I heard that “The View” was needing more people for their audience, and thought it was too good to be true and headed to the other ABC studios to see Barbara Walters in the flesh.
The episode I went to airs March 12th, 2012, I was wearing a black sweater and pink shirt, see if you can pick me out in the audience near the end of the show when Mario is making pasta.
What is your favorite Cooking show? Have you ever been to a live taping of one? Who is your favorite food TV personality?