I have a new daytime distraction. It’s not Rachel Ray or The View, and certainly not soaps (are there any left?) It’s the new ABC show, The Chew. It’s funny, informative and I adore each of the hosts and how they interact with each other. Plus, its food and entertaining related; right up my alley! So when I had a last minute opportunity to attend a taping, I jumped at the chance.
It was a taping for the 23rd episode. I was shocked that it has only been on the air less than a month because the show itself seemed very tight and had all the kinks worked out.
The day I attended, the guests were Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, hosts of Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel. They are quite a comical pair and served up some fancy grilled cheese sandwiches that kids and adults would love.
The warm up comedian, RC Smith, was hysterical and kept the audience revved up throughout the show- even though he really didn’t have to because Gordon Elliot, Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall did a nice job of that on their own; dancing and singing 70’s disco songs between segments.
The Halloween themed show featured several things you could make at home for the big scary day including my personal favorite- brains in formaldehyde- a head of cauliflower soaking in water that has been tinted with red food coloring. Fun!
The highlight of the day was receiving a copy of Mario Batali’s new cookbook, Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours which I will test several recipes from and I am sure, if they are like the one’s in his other books, will turn out really well and will be huge hits in our house.
I am looking forward to going back again and vying for a seat at the counter.
You can catch The Chew on ABC at 1pm EST.
Some of the photos, including the top photo of Mario were taken by Jorge Ortega, who happened to be sitting next to me at the show. I had put my camera back and was thrilled he said yes to sending me some of his pics. They are used here with permission. Thanks Jorge!