Foods of New York in the News
A Bite of the Big Apple
I had the chance to take a tour of Food Network during my last trip to the Big Apple, thanks to arrangements made by Julie Cassidy, daughter of Pat and Mary Ellen Cassidy of Wheeling. Julie is a freelance producer, and works on such shows as "Making the Band," "Project Runway," "Top Chef" and "The Next Food Network Star."
Food Network is located in Chelsea Market, the original tenant of which was Nabisco. In fact, the very first Oreo was baked in this building. The market site actually holds 17 buildings, the interior walls of which have been knocked down and renovated, to house a variety of food emporiums.
The Food Network is located on the third floor of Chelsea Market.
Filmed in the studios in New York are "Iron Chef America," "The Next Food Network Star," "Paula's Party," "Tyler's Ultimate," "Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals," "Emeril Live" and "The Essence of Emeril."
I was most amazed at the studio where "Iron Chef America" is filmed. One might expect a huge stadium-sized arena, from the looks of the television show. But, no. It's not a very big place at all, which proves just how magical television is. And "Iron Chef America" is filmed in the same room as "Paula's Party." Check out both shows, and I bet you would never guess that!
According to Joe Moseley, who took us on the tour, Food Network has grown over the years. From 30 million subscribers, there are now 100 million, and the network is international. Besides the cooking shows, there is an abundance of Food Network merchandise - pots, pans, glassware, tableware, knives and more, and a magazine will be introduced this coming fall.