Sunday, October 11, 2009

Live From New York, It's Sunday Morning!

Here are the first two videos from a series of breakfast videos I did for About.com when I was in New York. There are seven in all, and I'll link to all of them eventually. This was quite a new experience for me, since all I had to do was cook the recipe.

About had one of their top video producers, Jonathan Stewart, there to film, and eventually edit and publish these videos. The first recipe is a delicious sausage and mushroom breakfast casserole, and the second, an oatmeal breakfast cookie. Enjoy!

Technical Note: Yes, we know the striped shirt I was wearing cause
d some weirdness, but since I never appear in my own videos, I will plead ignorance. I thought all dark clothes are safe, but apparently not. But hey, I was just the hired talent!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't see your vids on About.com. IE and Fireffox just display text transcripts and no vids. :(

Andrew said...

I'm proud of ya, chef!

Susanna said...

I love to see the whole Chef John in action and not just the hands!

Clara said...

Great to see you in front of the camera, though do miss your jokes a wee bit - I guess you have slightly less creative control over these...

connieemeraldeyes said...

I liked seeing you, but I think you film the food better than that guy did. He showed the flame, and was always jumping around with the camera. That shirt does look wild on camera. The food looked great.

Basia said...

The videos were great, but honestly, I miss the tone and pacing of your own videos! By that I don't mean that your own videos move faster. These just don't seem to capture the comfortable skill of Chef John who walks us through things with humour and fun. I want to see more of this develop. Maybe it'll just take time for you to really "own" this situation...

PrimeBrit said...

I am expecting to see you on 'The Next Food Network Star!"

tmaynard said...

Quite a change of pace from your usual videos, but I like them both. With your own videos it's like we're there in the kitchen with you, maybe even helping! With the new video, it's like a traditional TV cooking show -- didactic, but engaging.

Well done! Keep up both streams!

Best, Tom.

Seth G said...

Loved the taped-over KitchenAid spatula!

Anonymous said...

Basia nailed it!

Chez Us said...

Great video Chef John .... love it!

Jessica said...

Nicely done! Love the breakfast casserole as well as the oatmeal breakfast cookie. Do you have recipes for these in a printable format? That would rock.
Thanks for the post and congrats on the videos. They look great!
Best,
www.justchowbella.com

Chef John said...

Thanks!! I agree with you all, but the problem for my mass media efforts is that the tone and pacing of my current videos has no commercial appeal. They want "stand and stir" shows, not stir and do amusing voiceover.

Pyrofish said...

Good stuff Chef John. There was a little trick I think you're missing though. When you can't look at the camera because you're looking down at what you're doing, say something about what you're doing. It doesn't even have to mean anything, just continue to engage the camera. For instance, the part where you're looking down at the mixer. That part of the video seems to break the rhythm. If, while you were looking down you were to say, "Now keep an eye on this as it mixes because," blah blah blah. Anything works, and it keeps people's attention.

It will especially work well for you, because you have a nice voice for this sort of thing. I tell you, some of the shows out there, I wish they'd just stop talking...

You should always be talking to, or looking at the camera if you want the wider appeal. I know I'd watch your show.

Now I feel like I'm being critical, I really did like the videos. And I may use the breakfast casserole for the holidays this year. Looked tasty!

kfinnn said...

I like the old vids better, but understand why you've gone to this format. I think the way you filmed before was easier for me to easily "see" things like pan temperature, food texture/color during key steps, and relative ingredient amounts. But any you is better than no you, so the best of luck.

Chef John said...

thanks for all the feedback! But just to be clear, I'm not changing my format at all. These vids were a special assignment for About, and they produced them. Here on the blog, you will be getting the usual Chef John style recipes you know and love! ;-)

Ollie said...

George Clooney lives in Brooklyn?
Who knew! :D

Congratulations Chef John!!

tut said...

the casserole looks great Chef easy prep good hang time an only two dishs to wash :) going to save it for church brunchs to add some perk.um the 60 second brussel sprouts are they supposed to be crunchy? I cooked two chinese dishs and the sprouts an used a wok to save cook space for all three and wondering if it was a heat issue from not using a large bottom heavy pan?

Jesse said...

After seeing hundreds of videos of just your disembodied hands, it's actually just a bit startling to see the rest of you. So yeah, neat projects.. but I love the classic chef john format, though. -Jesse from Detroit

Chef John said...

firm, but not crunchy

Ed C. said...

Chef John,

I think you do both formats well and hope to see you on Food Network some day (if that is something you would like to do). I know you are trying to explain to others how the About.com format was different, just don't resort to defending your self for doing a another format. I think your regular audience is mature enough to understand you're trying to reach the next level and sometimes you need too appeal to the masses to do that.

As usual, great job.

Is there any email address or another form of support we can offer to show About.com and/or others that we want to see more of you?

Regards,
Ed

Chef John said...

Thanks Ed, but not necessary. They will let me do as many videos as I can fit into the schedule, it's just I don't have as much time for them with all the videos I do for foodwishes.

Teresa said...

Made this for dinner tonight. It's a keeper!