Sunday, May 23, 2010

Things to do: Meet Chef Michael Smith. CHECK!

I have so many food creations that I did over the last month that I want to blog about, but that is going to be put aside for the moment so that I can instead tell you about one of the most exciting days of my life!

I have been working with a food specialist/stylist for the last few weeks and in addition to working on recipes I got to see the media side to her job. We arrived at the A Channel for 6:30am and I helped set up for two segments, both for Dairy Farmers Canada. I set up a cheese plate and helped with last minute prep things. I had to sit in the audience during the filming, but if you happened to catch it you do see me lurking in the background! Anyway, that was loads of fun. I decided then that I love tv.

Our next journey was to Rogers TV, where Chef Michael Smith of Chef At Home Food Network fame was doing a segment on seafood and talking about the P.E.I appreciation that is happening in a lot of Ottawa restaurants. I didn't do any of the set up for that, but I did get to meet him! And I got to meet the hosts of Rogers TV, Derick and Terrilynn (I'm so sure that I'm spelling her name wrong...). I watched the taping and got to take pictures during it. Michael Smith is the most down to earth man ever. So calm, so gracious - a fantastic and inspiring man. I wish I could have had the chance to talk to him, but everything was happening so fast that I blinked and it was over!

I lovelovelove tv studios. I love cameras, I love film crews. Perhaps someday I'll pursue a career in tv or film, but for now this food styling thing is really quite neat. The woman who did the set up has such an eye for elegant simplicity.

Michael Smith and I. To give you an indication of his tallness I am 5'6, and he is slouching down a bit.

P.E.I. potato vodka. Smelled divine but unfortunately I didn't get to try any.

Oyster dressing - pickled red onions and dill. So simple and delicious.

The shucker was made specially for him.

A very VERY large oyster was unveiled here.

I got to eat this oyster after ;). They're my favourite.

I have so many more photos from this day so these are just the highlights. I was on such a high for the rest of the day. Even though I ended up passing out at 9pm (I had been up since 5am) it was such an overwhelming but fantastic day.

The coming months are going to be very transitional for me, job wise, and I'm doing my best to just go along for the ride and not continually second guess myself. I know that by not having to bake every single day I will begin to appreciate it again. Hopefully I'll also be able to get more sleep and rid myself of these awful sugar cravings and skin problems that I've been having. I'm also hoping that I will have more time to pursue my other interests and develop those more - music, art, and sewing. I'd really like to have an Etsy shop set up by the end of the summer, and I also need to produce another piece of music. I'm aiming for another string quartet, just to get the ball rolling again. I also need to practice more art so that I push forward and finally get to painting, but charcoal is hard!

Anyway, I'm digressing! Next post will have raw cheesecakes (yes, I did it!), lots of chocolate cakes, and new recipe lemons that get turned into lemonade!