Food Network Studios “Behind-the-Scenes” Tour
For the third part of my NYC foodie day – and the whole reason why I made the trek – I had the opportunity to tour the Food Network studio!
Food Network’s studio is located above Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking district. Occupying the former Nabisco factory building, the complex fills an entire city block bounded by Ninth and Tenth Avenues and 15th and 16th streets.
Chelsea Market is known as one of the greatest food halls of the world, with more than 35 vendors selling everything you can imagine, including fresh produce, meats and fish. There is an eclectic mix of restaurants allowing diners to eat just about any kind of food you would desire from many ethnicities.
For our behind-the-scenes tour, we met up with Executive Chef Rob Bleifer, whom I had met a few months back. He began by explaining the history of Food Network and the Chelsea Market building. He also gave us some tips on his favorite restaurants and shops in Chelsea Market.
He explained how Food Network is split into three main branches: print, television and web mediums. We saw the Food Network kitchens where chef’s are developing and testing the network’s recipes that appear across all three mediums.
Relative to the print arm, Food Network has partnered with Hearst publishing to develop the Food Network monthly magazine. Chef Bleifer explained how each monthly magazine features approximately 125 recipes. That’s more than most cookbooks feature – and they produce it every month! They are a very busy group!
Chef Bleifer went on to explain all the other areas that his team is involved with at Food Network, including the 15+ shows, catering for large private events, picking the ingredients for the Chopped show mystery baskets and many other projects.
One the day we visited, Chef Anne Burrell was in-house taping an upcoming episode of “Worst Cooks in America.” Because the episode was narrowing down the field of contestants, it was a closed-set shoot and we were not allowed into the production studio area.
Personally, I was very excited to have had the opportunity to visit Food Network studios. I found all the information that Chef Bleifer shared with us fascinating. It’s very interesting to learn about the behind-the-scenes facets and understanding all the complexity that goes into something that you watch, read and view every day.
Do you enjoy watching Food Network? If so, what’s your favorite show?
Have you ever been to a “behind-the-scenes” tour for a television show?