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Going Inside the Food Network: Guy Fieri's Live Taping

Going Inside the Food Network: Guy Fieri's Live Taping

Last Sunday afternoon, I went to the Chelsea market, home of the Food Network Studios in New York City, to watch a live taping of a new Guy Fieri show. The one-hour long special, Guy's Family Feast, focuses on Guy's family and will air sometime in December or January. To find out what it was like to view the taping,

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  • Upon arrival in the studio the atmosphere is intense. The seating director looked me up and down and decided where I would sit in the audience.
  • Before the show started, a comedian named Q trained the audience how to clap, when to cheer, and told us not to look directly into the cameras.
  • Everything is incredibly scripted. Several TV monitors list instructions so Guy knows when to "chop bell peppers" or "place the meat in marinade."
  • There are some fun videos including the intro to the special: Guy, clad in a black leather jacket, runs through the streets on New York, sliding over taxi cabs, jumping over mailboxes, before he bursts into the studio to cook.
  • His entire family participated in the shoot. His son chopped onions, his wife and father cracked crab, his mother went to the market to purchase shrimp, and his sister helped make granola.
  • Although Guy made four dishes (pork with bok choy pasta, cioppino, granola, and a banana malt shake), there was minimal cooking involved in the taping. He probably only spent about 10 minutes actually cooking.
  • The shoot was broken into six segments with five commercial breaks in between the segments. During each break a team of five to six Food Network chefs would totally change the kitchen. The raw pork Guy placed in the oven was replaced with a perfectly cooked piece of pork. The trash was emptied, the counters were whipped clean, the floor was swept, etc.
  • The audience was given a mini pork sandwich at the third commercial break and a bag of cookies at the fourth.
  • After the show was finished filming, the audience had to stay seated for extra camera shots.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed the experience. The show sort of felt like a test of Guy Fieri's skills. The network is obviously looking for someone to fill Emeril Lagasse's live-cooking-show shoes. Still, I'm excited to see the finished product. What do you think of my observations? Will you tune into Guy's Family Feast?


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Marion71 Marion71 7 years
Thanks partysugar! Sounds great! What does his wife look like??? I hear she is quite pretty. He does not seem to wear awedding ring,
CookinGal CookinGal 7 years
We'd have loved to go to the Sunday taping, but had tickets to the Grand Tasting on Sunday. Conflict! Met with Guy for dinner on the Wednesday before, and I know he was particularly excited that his dad was going to be involved in this taping. How exciting for him! And how exiting for you to have been there. Yay!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I cant stand Poochie, and the FN is pimping him out too much
Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
I adore Guy Fieri - my husband & I watch each of his shows, and we'll definitely tune in to this one. Sounds positively delish!! He seems like such a great guy (I especially love him on DD&D) - so much fun to hang out with! I'd love to have him come visit me in the kitchen.
miketheknife miketheknife 7 years
My family and i really like Fieri's new show Off The Hook. He's got lots of energy and cooks up some tasty food. Had the opportunity to meet him at a Food & Wine show and he is the real deal! I wish I could have been down there for this taping, sounded like fun.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 7 years
I would have LOVED to go to that! Guy is my absolute favorite, so I think that would have been a lot of fun to see him in action.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
If the seating director was looking you up and down then you must have gotten a pretty good seat.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that when you go to live tapings, you lose a little bit of the allure to a show. yes it's really fun to see your favorite hosts in action, but you're going to see what really goes on and that's not fun cause then you'll never be able to watch the show the same way again. i AM jealous that you go to go though. i'm here in NYC and i never get the chance to see any tapings.
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