The James Beard Kitchen cam made its debut today with Daniel Boulud and his team cooking from his cookbook Daniel: My French Cuisine. I found myself watching as much to see talented chefs making beautiful food as to see if they display the temperament of the many chefs whose kitchens I spent time in many moons ago.
When I first heard they were putting a live camera in the kitchen at The James Beard House I was reminded of the year that one of the football leagues (not the NFL…USFL maybe?) put microphones in players’ helmets. Remember how well that worked out? Well hopefully this will be a more productive use of the technology and there will be less cursing….or at least the cursing will be in French! I’ve been in an awful lot of restaurant kitchens (often back end toward the kitchen as I was beating a hasty retreat after relaying a less than welcome customer request). Of course I was never in the kitchen of the Daniel Bouluds of the world. Now you and I and all the rest of them can spend some time in the James Beard Kitchen with the professionals.
So far things are looking very civilized. I admit it, I’m looking for a few fireworks. It’s a kitchen for goodness sake!