Sudden Death Cookoff

I’ve always really liked this scene.  It took ages to edit, we had 8 cameras and probably 17 mics running for 25 minutes (for a two minute segment…) That is not including interview footage of all 15 chefs talking about this cookoff.  Totally a crisis of options, but it turned out great.

So much to accomplish, so little time

Competition shows maintain a blistering pace! There’s so many storylines to follow that each moment has be compacted as much as possible. This team-cook-pod is a near perfect example of what the network wanted.

It starts with some quick team dynamics, establishing them as cool chefs who are comfortable with each other. Then we tell the audience the team’s flavor goals, and then have a chef make a personal connection to the recipe. C’est magnifique!