I start filming the next season of Kelsey’s Essentials this week and I’m a whole host of emotions. Excited, stressed, nervous, anxious…you name it! This will be the 5th season of the show. You’d think that I would be a seasoned pro by now, but the truth is that every season is a challenge as we try to evolve the show and make it better which means pushing ourselves to be even more creative than we were the previous season. It’s such a rewarding and interesting process that I’ve decided to blog my way through it this time around giving you a behind the scenes peek at how the show is made!
The hard work started weeks ago when we officially started pre-production. I (along with my culinary producer and production company) pitched show themes and recipes that needed to be approved by the network before actually putting pen to paper and writing the recipes. Then it was off to the test kitchen for a week where every single recipe was tested – making it as delicious as possible. Sometimes recipes are completely tossed out because they just aren’t good enough, and sometimes we get lucky and they are a hit the first time around. It’s always a blast working in the test kitchen and I love the talented people there so much.
About 10 days ago was “wardrobe day!” I work with an amazing stylist for the show that does a ton of shopping before showing up with nearly 100 options that include tops, dresses, sweaters, and jackets to try on. It took almost 4 hours for me to try everything on! She takes a picture of each good option that then need to be approved. By the end of it I’m a frazzled mess and have pulled a shirt over my head one too many times! While so exciting, it’s weirdly exhausting. It’s definitely a huge perk to the job that I don’t have to worry about picking out clothes for each episode (especially because I’m not the hugest fan of clothes shopping!)
We’ve had our final production meetings now and we officially begin rolling on Thursday and we’ll shoot for about 3 weeks. I’m taking these last few days before the madness starts to enjoy every second with Oliver. Grandma arrives today to save the day and will be hanging out with my sweet boy each day I’m either filming out in the field or on set. We can’t wait for her to arrive!
I’d love to answer any questions you may have about the process! I’ll be posting photos and maybe even a video here and there that will give you a taste of what it’s like to film a cooking show. I can’t wait to journal the process for my own memory. I feel so blessed that I get to do what I do and try to never take it for granted. It’s because of dedicated viewers and fans that this dream still exists and I couldn’t possibly thank all of you enough!
Here are a few photos I took of my wardrobe fitting and my time in the test kitchens!
Stay tuned…. here we go!