I’m so thrilled for season 4 of Kelsey’s Essentials to air. This season was a true labor of love as pre-production happened quickly and I was just transitioning from my 1st to 2nd trimester of pregnancy. So in a sense…this is Oliver’s big television debut! I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that certain pregnancy cravings may have influenced some of the episode choices. We even went as far as to create a junk food favorites show. I know, you can turn your nose up and walk away now, but don’t deny the fact that you wouldn’t watch a show that included Homemade Banana Split Funnel Cake, Cotton Candy Lemonade, and Boardwalk Dogs with a field trip to Coney Island to top it off. That episode shows up later in the season, but the episode that will kick things off is all about grilling on the go. The images above are all behind the scenes shots of this day. I loved shooting this episode which includes a rooftop grilling party with my friends and a visit to master chef Floyd Cardoz at North End Grill in Tribeca to learn a few of his go-to tips when it comes to grilling. The menu lineup is super tasty with Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Sandwiches, Sweet & Sour Barbecued Picnic Drumsticks, a Spicy Avocado Dill Dip, and Veggie Kebabs with Halloumi Cheese. Do you know about halloumi cheese? It’s one of the only cheeses that you can grill. It’s firm enough to stand up to the grill, but gets soft and melty on the inside. It will blow your mind.
The show is moving to a primetime slot (yay!) on Saturdays at 8:30 pm ET. I always get super nervous to watch new episodes and admittedly I sometimes avoid watching them altogether. Something about watching myself and listening to my voice on television makes me super vulnerable and bashful (especially when the episode was shot when I was 6 months pregnant!) I hope you’ll tune in and let me know what you think! Big thanks to everyone who supports the show season after season. I truly have the greatest job in the world thanks to all of that continued support.
p.s. Crazy fact about filming- because of the structure of our filming schedule, we shot the location portion of this episode at North End Grill on the first day of filming and the kitchen and rooftop portion of the episode on one of the last days of filming. That’s almost a 2 week time difference and I’m certain that I’ll look much bigger when it comes to the baby bump while cooking in the kitchen and on the rooftop. The horizontal stripes probably didn’t help anything either…
So tell me, will you be watching season 4 of Kelsey’s Essentials? I sure hope so!