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TV Cooks -- Funny Faux Pas the Editors Didn't Touch

I was watching Ciao Italia, and Mary Ann Esposito had a guest cooking with her -- an amateur lady. She had been in charge of squeezing lemon juice into the almost-finished sauce. When Mary Ann goes over to add some final touch, and it is being poured in, you can see tons of lemon seeds in the sauce. Mary Ann said not a word, acted like nothing was wrong, and went on to plate it.

Today, with Ming Tsai, he added some soju to a skillet, then tilted the pan to flambé, but he poured the soju out and the flame was not so much in the pan as under it, around the gas burner.

I just thought it might be fun to "catch" some unintended moments to share here.

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    1. Most likely tons of these things happened all along and before the advent of the big-screen HDTV we were blissfully unaware!

      1. In the Mario Batali Chefography, Mario describes one of his first cooking segments on FoodTV - he was grating something (carrots maybe?) and grated his knuckles. It was a low budget, single shot show, with minimal editing, so he didn't want to stop filming. Before anyone noticed, he plunged his hand into a bowl of whole canned tomatoes to "crush them" so there he could throw to commercial and the cameras could stop.

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        1. another one that i just remembered....julia and jacques... making some sauce.... jacques pours in 1/3 cup of wine, and julia says, "oh no, more than that," then jacques says, "well it's your recipe," and she says, "that's not MY recipe."

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          1. re: alkapal

            Most of The French Chef episodes are full of mistakes and rambling and messes. I like it. When I see Julia make messes it makes me feel better about my own abilities in the kitchen!

          2. My all-time favorite is Graham Kerr in his original version (Galloping Gourmet) from around 1970. He used to swill wine while filiming and apparently it got the better of him during an episode when he dragged a kitchen towel into the burner flame and it caught on fire, which he didn't notice for the better part of 30 seconds.

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            1. re: Mayor of Melonville

              Also on the original Galloping Gourmet, he poured a whole bunch of oil into water and set it on high heat to boil away. Well, the oil covered and sealed the water, preventing the steam/heat from the boiling hot water to escape, so when Graham went to stick a spoon in it to stir it, hot oil and boiling hot water exploded all over. Then a cut and edit to later where Graham explained what happened and assured everyone that he was okay and not too terribly hurt, just some burns from the oil or something.

              Even with the audience participation in that program and some of the kooky things Graham did, it was the first and only time I ever heard an audience gasp so loudly.

              1. re: yfunk3

                He was making raised pastry for a meat pie, I think? I remember that.
                Side note: someone commented on a thread on CH on a show being particularly good, especially since it was made in Canada. WTH is that supposed to mean? Galloping Gourmet and the early Martin Yan shows were filmed there, as well as many many movies. It's not as if there's no TV in Canada!!!