Scenes: ‘Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey’ Taping

My fifteen minutes are ticking away…

Last Sunday, I met up with the crew from Rick Stein‘s Far Eastern Odyssey at Ben Thanh Market to tape a segment for their episode on Vietnam. I introduced Rick to bánh hỏi thịt nướng (steamed vermicelli rice noodle cakes with grilled pork) and bún chạo tôm (fresh vermicelli rice noodles with shrimp paste and sugarcane). Both were hits!

The most interesting aspect of the taping was seeing how these travel and food shows that I enjoy so much are made. There was no prep beforehand and we pretty much did everything on the fly, which was casual and not the least bit nerve wracking. However, if Rick or I said something noteworthy or funny, we had to repeat it a second and third time so that every angle was properly captured on film. Who would’ve thought?

This episode is one in a series of six about food in the “far east” and will air in 2009. Since it’s a BBC show, it will most likely not air in America. Fortunately, I will be receiving a DVD. Woot.


11 Responses to “Scenes: ‘Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey’ Taping”

  1. 1 White On Rice Couple February 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Why not in America?! Please post this episode on your site when it finally airs! Love to see it!

  2. 2 Wandering Chopsticks February 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Whoohoo! You’re famous! 🙂

  3. 3 Graham February 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Good for you, shame we have to wait so long though 😦 Rick Stein is my favourite TV chef and I am most jealous…

  4. 4 James February 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome! Love all the food & travel shows. I’m now in Seoul for work for almost a month. Do you have any recommendations? Have you ever been to Seoul? Or know anyone that has?

  5. 5 blondee47 February 14, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    That’s reality tv…I made a reality show in Montreal, and almost every move had to be done again: cameraman didn’t catch it, hand in way….and it is never better the second time round is it? Wait till u actually watch it on tv and all the shots that you looked beautiful in I guarantee are cut out!

  6. 6 vu February 15, 2008 at 12:32 am

    that is sooo cool… try to post a link on megaupload if they give you a copy of the episode!

  7. 7 Gastronomer February 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Hello everyone – Thanks! And you bet your boots I’ll be posting that episode when I get my hands on it.

    White On Rice Couple – America will just have to wait for my TV debut. I hope I get another 15 minutes stateside.

    WC – I secretly hope to get recognized when travel to the U.K.

    Noodle-man – If I ever meet Rick again, you’re getting an autograph 🙂

    James – I personally know nothing about Seoul food. But this guy does: (he’s noodlepie’s fave)

    – “reality” TV is a funny business. I hope the show turns out at least as good as The Hills. And if my best angles end up on the cutting room floor… 😦

    Vu – I’m gonna show that DVD to EVERYONE. Trust me 😉

  8. 8 bern February 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    what the…. in the top left pix; what the h*** that bald guy doing?
    I hope he didn’t do what I think he did. 🙂

  9. 9 Gastronomer February 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Bern – Get your mind out of the gutter 😉 He’s just placing a mic on me.

  10. 10 bern February 18, 2008 at 7:34 am

    OMG… that is it… that’s what I had in my mind: He put a freaking little tiny wireless mic on you. It means: no boom operator, no sound engineer; i guess there is no sound filter for that little mic right?.
    BBC goes real low down…low budget production. I feel cheated . hix hix…

  11. 11 THO TRAN July 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm


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