Feb 2008

'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.

UPDATED: August 18, 2009

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16 thoughts on “'Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey' Taping

  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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: fatman-seoul.blogspot.com (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 😉

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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…

  6. I just saw you on BBC… It was really cool to see you in real life. 🙂 I really enjoy your blog, and I can’t wait to visit Vietnam at some point.

  7. This is one of the best series so far. The food looks great and to hear that food allergies are a non-starter in Vietnam because you eat so well makes me feel jealous!

  8. I love it – I’ve been reading the blog for ages and had forgotten that you’d mentioned Rick Stein. Just watched the episode, and thought, “I know her!!” Well, not really, but it was a great episode (and made me wish I were eating with you guys!)

  9. Hi Cathy,

    Saw you on BBC2 last week and thought I would let you know since I remember you mentioned about it a while ago when you were still in VN. Your blog is one of my favourite food blogs of all time and I really enjoy reading it. I am going to Vietnam later this year and I have already told my mum the names of certain places I would like to visit (if they’re still there of course) so thanks for the info.

    Keep up the good work.

    With love
    Anh from the UK 🙂

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