Becoming a TV Chef
If you would rather be the celebrity instead of cook for them, you can find a very fulfilling and successful career as a TV chef and cook for various food programs in TV and present your own cooking show.
It is not easy to become a TV chef and to cook on TV will require not only a skill for cooking with flair, but will also require you to be good in front of the camera and work well on a TV set. You might need to shoot scenes over and over again and you must be able to recreate the recipe a few times until you get the shots right. TV cuisine must always look great as it will be on TV, so you have to have very good plating techniques and interesting hints and tips for the viewers. This will mean that you must have years of experience in the chef business so that you can share insightful tips with people.
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Generally, the chefs TV shows or food programs on TV are created for a gourmet chef or master chef that own their own restaurant or at least has worked at a top restaurant or hotel for a long time.
This part of working as a cook on TV will be greatly helped if you are already good with teaching others about cooking and directing other chefs in a kitchen. Your teaching skills will be highly used on TV as you are basically training and teaching your viewers how to cook, which is why they tune in to cooking shows. Your processes, techniques, hints, skills and steps must all be followed, explained, shown precisely and analyzed when you make TV cuisine.
When most people think of TV chefs, they think of the exuberance and fun loving cooking of Jamie Oliver. He is one of the top TV chefs, not just because of his great cooking, but because of his ideas, way of presenting and making you excited about cooking. If you think about it, you cannot taste the food that is made by watching TV, but you can get up and try to make it yourself. This is the trick of cooking shows and watching food programs in TV. If you have a live audience who will taste your TV cuisine, then you have to be talented at both presenting and cooking on TV.
Some food programs on TV make use of large amounts of the audience or all of the audience to taste the food which means that you also have to control a kitchen of chefs behind the scenes while you are presenting. They will make your recipe while you are hosting the TV show. To cook on TV and to work as a TV chef is rewarding and exciting, but can also be nerve wracking and leave you with a lot of responsibilities. To have your own cooking show is a great achievement for any chef.