The Edible Airwaves: How to Cook for Televisio
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This William S. Paley Television Festival seminar honors the Food Network. Paley Center Assistant Curator Allen Glover introduces food criticauthor Jeffrey Steingarten, the evenings moderator.pFood Network President Brooke Bailey Johnson presents a network highlight tape before introducing the panel, which features network Senior Vice-president of Programming Bob Tuschman and on-air chefs Mario Batali (iMolto Marioi, iMario Eats Italyi, iCiao Americai), Alton Brown (iGood Eatsi), and Giada de Laurentiis (iEveryday Italiani).pBrown discusses why iGood Eatsi is shot differently. Batali talks about his style, how the Food Network transformed Emeril Lagasse into a clown, and competing on iIron Chefi against Wolfgang Puck.pBrown also discusses the tragic side of cooking: killing animals. De Laurentiis describes her famous grandfather, film producer Dino de Laurentiis, and his relationship with food, as well as her early days as a chef, and TV chef pioneer Julia Child. Tuschman discusses the networks business model, production values, how he locates talent, and how he came to cast de Laurentiis.pAudience questions lead to a discussion of guest chefs; how perceptions of cooking have changed in America; Martha Stewarts influence on the Food Network; Browns science background; how to correctly crack an egg; use of the internet to enhance shows; how each panelist began cooking; what happens off-camera; and studio audiences.

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