Last Thursday, I took the train to NYC with some girlfriends to be part of “The Chew” television show audience. I received the tickets through an online inquiry.
We were seated in the top row in the general audience section, directly behind the tasting counter.
We had a perfect view of the set. We were amazed at how many crew members are needed to make one episode of the show. There were about 50 people on the set at any time – no exaggeration!
The warm-up comedian, Reggie, informs you of how the show flows and the audience expectations (i.e., when to clap, laugh). He also introduces you to the show’s co-hosts.
Clinton Kelly is a doll and was very personable with the audience.
Carla Hall is a ball of energy – never stops moving – and comes to dance with the audience on scene breaks, which was a hoot!
This was Daphne Oz’s last show before her maternity leave. Each co-host took a guess at the baby’s sex at the show’s end. I’m thinking girl.
Mario Batali was true to his signature style – shorts, orange Crocs and the ponytail. His father was of Italian ancestry from Abruzzo, Italy — just like me! Michael Symon was absent on the day of our visit. They mentioned he was at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, defending his burger title.
The show’s theme was, “Rockin’ Casseroles.” Each host participated in one cooking segment, making a creative casserole dish. The recipes are posted on The Chew’s website. Carla and Clinton even had a cook-off! You’ll have to watch the show to see who wins.
Actress Rosie Perez was the celebrity guest. She cooked manicotti with Mario and discussed her new book – which we each received a copy.
We all had a great time and in addition to receiving Rosie’s book, we also were given a Diamond Almond Milk prize package that included samples, coupons and a $100 gift card to Bed, Bath & Beyond. We were very excited about the prizes!!!
Set your DVR for March 3 to catch our television debut. We are seated in the top row, directly behind the tasting counter. The camera caught us from several angles.
I had never been part of a television audience. I was completely star-struck seeing the co-hosts up close. I had a great time and would definitely go again.
Do you watch The Chew? Be sure to watch it on March 3!
Have you ever been part of a television show audience?