Michael Smith brings food bloggers to P.E.I. to film lentils
'We're putting the food bloggers through the wringer'
The series is called "Star of the Show" and features five bloggers from across Canada who competed for a chance to cook their favourite lentil recipe alongside the Island chef.
"We brought them to Prince Edward Island to, sort of, put them in a boot camp," said Smith.
"Learn what it takes to televise food, to make food videos, to host those videos and to effectively communicate food."
Smith says he's happy that the production partner, Saskatchewan Pulses, agreed to bringing the show to Prince Edward Island rather than "defaulting to Toronto".
"One of the things I like best about this production is that, once again, we're able to bring the world of production to Prince Edward Island," said Smith. "That really means a lot to me."
Putting them 'through the wringer'
"They're seeing how difficult it is to do what Michael makes look so seamless."
"Michael is very generous with his time with them and they're just sucking up all the information and education they can get from Michael," said Mowbray.
"They're surprisingly good though," Mowbray added. "We're having a pretty good time with them."
'Opportunity of a lifetime'
It was the public relations officer at the primary care network where she works that encouraged Taylor to enter the competition.
"I'm very passionate about using plant-based proteins," added Taylor, who says she promotes lentils to her patients.
Taylor calls her time on set with Chef Michael Smith the opportunity of a lifetime.
"It has been pretty surreal, I'll be honest," said Taylor.
"To be working along side one of the chefs that I've idolized for years, it's really amazing."
Web series 'airs' in June
"I think the biggest single challenge hosting a food cooking show is saying something different than what you're doing with your hands," observed Smith.
"We don't want to just say 'okay I'm putting the onions in the pot' - I can see that. Tell me why you're putting the onions in the pot."
"I really think we've stumbled onto something pretty interesting here," said Smith. "Our 'Star of the Show' format is ready for primetime."
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