Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Can't Boil Water" Starring…Me?

A couple days ago I mentioned that I was down in LA on some semi-secret business. Believe it or not, I was hired on as the Senior Food Producer for a new ABC pilot called "Time Machine Chefs." 

I'll be here for a few weeks helping make sure this is the biggest smash hit cooking show since Top Chef. I wish I could give more details, but for obvious reasons I can't. 

I was brought in by my great friend, Jude Weng, a very talented and accomplished producer who specializes in unscripted television shows (she worked on the very first Survivor!). Speaking of unscripted television shows, the video below is the sizzle reel (which is a sort of quick and dirty mini-pilot) we did together a few years ago for a show idea called, "Can't Boil Water." 

It hasn't been picked up yet, but who knows, maybe now that she's given me permission to post it, a bunch of offers will roll in. I'm joined by my student, Becky Nuse, her fiance Mario, and my good buddy, Sara (aka Average Betty). Enjoy!

60 comments:

Gary said...

Chef John,

Have you considered teaching classes? I'd sign up!

That's a great video...hope someone picks up the show!

Anonymous said...

Well you've never done a water boiling demo. Guess now we know why.

Anonymous said...

That was cute. I'd watch a show like this. Hope someone "finds" your video here.

Asian Malaysian said...

Aww mannn!!!!!!! I thought it was the start of a whole series I could look forward to!! :( Did the guys at the Food Network see it?

DAN said...

A FRESH CONCEPT IN A TV WORLD INFLATED BY BLEAK COOKING SHOWS. HOPEFULLY WITH JOHNS CHARISMA AND LOVE OF SHOWING OF COOKING SKILLS, THIS SHOW WILL GIVE NEW LIFE TO AN ALL TO BLAND SAUCE.

DAN said...

This is a breath of fresh air to a tv world inflated with cooking shows. With Johns charisma and teaching skills hopefully this will give some new flavour to an all to bland sauce. Good luck with the show John.

milkshake said...

Chef John,

I like your part and I like the idea but I don't like this show pilot at all. It feels very staged; everyone there(except you)is talking like in some god-damned infomercial. Theirs is not a spontaneous delivery - it feels like bright testimonials - speaking straight into the camera in the most cheerful tone - and my gut reaction is: Is there going to be a 1-800 number at the end?

I don't know whether the director of this clip had background in advertisement, maybe you should try to get someone who has done documentaries instead. Sorry.

Peter said...

I need to be on this show because I love watching myself on TV and I CAN boil water along with many, many other liquids. And I'm in L.A. so that's easy.

dennis said...

That would be a great show, It's worth watching

Anonymous said...

i just watched the video. very well done. actually great!
i just liked watching new chef being happy and confident.
great job, chef john!

Anonymous said...

Amazing job! This show would change so many lives (same as your blog). Good luck with your new show in LA. You are the Best!

andrea said...

I would fly from spain to cook with you in a heart beat! I think you are THE MAN to teach people how to cook! I wasn't at all confident with my cooking but ever since I've been following your videos I LOVE to cook!! Even my husbands family fight over my deserts! What an awesome idea for a show! I would totally watch this!!

Glenn said...

Well if any producers happen to be checking out the comments, I can tell you that I would watch this show!

Anonymous said...

well done chef john!

Anonymous said...

love it, that's a nice show idea!

especially when you bring the family to taste test your creation without knowing :D

I'm so sick of "take home chef" show that he slaves away uncared for in the kitchen you really don't give the people the real tools they need in the kitchen...

I really hope you nail this show, you'll give food network a nice whoop in the ass so they remember they're roots... when they once thought how to cook, and not how to eat

Pam said...

I'd watch every episode of "Can't Boil Water" -- what a brilliant idea! Many cooks need help and have no where to turn. Who will show us how to season a steak or the proper way to hold a knife? Wonderful!

jim spatz said...

great, great idea! more!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome, Chef John!

Giving someone their confidence back - had to be a wonderful feeling.

Anonymous said...

A Pure delight!!!!

KrisD said...

"Time Machine Chefs."

PLEASE tell me the kitchen looks like the TARDIS

Hilding said...

You are made for television John! Seriously!

Anonymous said...

I had soooo much fun watching this video!
You explain it so well. Just a show where you explain in your own unique way all the skills would do it for me!
Keep up the good work chef John!

I do have one question, as a European living in the States I've always wondered about how people hold their fork while cutting their food, to me it looks like a kid that's holding their fork for the first time!!

Dorothea

Anonymous said...

Very enjoyable.

Sasha said...

Your show better get picked up! Its kinda like inedible to incredible, well thats what it reminds me of, but better because it has you!

Paul D said...

"it's nice when you see nice happen to nice" (Zero Mostel - The Front)

For someone who hardly had a picture taken before...the camera sure is nice to you.

bdwilcox said...

You should have Hugh Jackman play your part on the show.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that Average Betty?

Ian said...

not only are you a fantastic chef, you just seem like the most enjoyable person to hang with cooking or no. Keep up the great work.

Pantalone said...

It feels a little "staged", but so what? You come across as patient, helpful and skilled with a disarming sense of humor. Very nice.

Emerald_Mara85 said...

I love it and that is one class I would love to join!

Actually I'm kinda scared of cooking too (mostly because of fire...) but in order to have lovely food instead of the oily, colorless and expensive junk that are sold around me...
I have to preserve!

Thank you Chef John for being part of my 1st steps to good cooking.

Chef John said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone!!

lolo said...

I'll watch that!!!

Kristy Rosy said...

Good job, enjoyable!

John said...

It's about time you had your big break. I'd much rather watch you than bloody Ramsey.

Anonymous said...

Chef John, I'm a big fan of yours, and I enjoyed watching you in this clip. However, I much prefer the video-recipe format you pioneered so well, where one can actually learn about food and cooking. I think it would be a real shame if you became yet another chef with a "cooking show," where the focus is on lame human interest stories and the food and cooking fade into the background.

Your Chef-John fan, - Wolfgang

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just started watching accidentally on Food Nation and was instantly hooked. I just learned to hold a knife and season meat with this video. I need the next lessons, I am so ignorant in the kitchen. Please help!!!

Anonymous said...

Very cool Chef John, you could master anything. I really enjoy watching your video & learnig how to cook from you. Keep up the great work - Chris

Chef John said...

Dont worry! I'm not changing anything!

rinaz said...

More please :-)

Anonymous said...

Can you please teach me?!!

ps. Can't wait for more(:

bdwilcox said...

Chef John,

I was thinking of asking this in an email but I figured others could benefit from your wisdom. I've looked and your site and haven't seen an answer, so here goes: "It seems Santoku style knives are all the rage now. How do you feel they compare to the classic chef's knife in all around kitchen usage? What tasks do you feel they excel at and which ones do you think they are still bested by a chef's knife?"

My knife set didn't come with one and I feel like I'm missing something by not having one. Unfortunately, I spent more than I should have on the knives and don't want to spend even more on a knife I won't use.

Thanks for any insight you can provide.

fgmerchant said...

Congratulations!

Who else is a little jealous? :)


What is this about a "student" of yours? Do you teach somewhere?

EDGAR said...

Chef, congrats on the new show I'm sure it'll be a major success, I'm really grateful for your videos and i know the feeling she had when she realized she could cook! thanks for that and i can't wait to see your tv show!!!

Chef John said...

I have a couple of those knives, but to be honest with you, I don't notice any real great difference.

Poz said...

How kewl was that? Nice job!

bdwilcox said...

"I have a couple of those knives, but to be honest with you, I don't notice any real great difference."

- Thanks for the insight (and the money you saved me) :o)

Anonymous said...

fab Cef John - what a great story, brought a tear to my eye !
Thankyou for everything.

Anonymous said...

Oh no. I love u but im protecting/boycotting ABC for taking my Soaps away. Now im conflicted

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Chef John!

Nate @ House of Annie said...

Destined for greatness. A true YouTube success story in the making!

Maggie said...

Great clip- it's destined to be a great show!

rosemary said...

LOOOOOVE love love love love you!!!!! Got me so emotional. You brought out the chef in me. I will never be able to thank you enough.

Jesse from Detroit said...

I teared up a bit... honest. (I totally empathize with her - I didn't know jack about cooking until I found foodwishes.) Can't wait to see the rest of the show!
Love,
Jesse from Detroit

w3bd3v said...

Sounds like perfect show for my fiancé. She has no confidence in the kitchen, luckily she has me though. :)

If you ever need any inexperienced cooks, she'd be a good one. She's pretty and cute too. ;)

Anonymous said...

I would totally watch that, hope it gets picked up soon!

Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane said...

A little late to the game here, but this is so perfect for you. No matter how hard you try, TV is stalking you! Can't wait to hear more about this...

Basia said...

This is exactly what I was talking about with my daughter when you first started posting about talking to the Food Network folks! I'd love to see a show that doesn't only demo a recipe, but actually shows someone learning the techniques. It would give the opportunity for the inevitable home-cook questions that arise (Why can't I do it this way? What's wrong with adding this ingredient now?). The salt demo was brilliant! Visual aids! I hope you get to do this at some point. It's a point of view that's lacking from current programming. I guess "Worst Cooks In America" is kinda like this idea - but who wants to think of themselves as the worst??

Anonymous said...

I want a class!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I sooo wish you were on food network..You are an amazing chef. Every video of yours..I want to eat it all right then!!!!

KenFitz said...

Fantastic!!! You've got the nack for teaching. I look forward to all of your post's even the ones I wouldn't eat. I'll bet a TV format will go over well.

Not sure what milkshake does in real life but I'm sure they are not in the diplomatic corp.

Good luck, I hope you get picked up.

Ken