Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My First Live TV Cooking Demo

Hi friends!  Today, I wanted to share about the first time I had a live TV cooking demo which was on March 12.  I was on Studio40 Live making an apple crumble with Pazazz Apples for a healthy St. Patrick's Day treat.  This was my absolute first time demoing anything on the TV!  I haven't even done a food demo since I did Pampered Chef probably 15 years ago and that was just in people's kitchens with their friends.

Ashley Newell on Studio 40 Live

I was asked by Pazazz Apples to make their recipe on air.  (You can find the recipe HERE.)  Though I've never done this before nor had I ever even dreamt of doing it, I figured I should push myself and just do it!  Over the last year, I've really tried to push myself out of my comfort zone.  I'm told that only when we are uncomfortable do we grow.

ashley newell at fox 40

You can view the video on the Fox40 site HERE.  Please note that I was extremely nervous!  I tossed and turned all night hoping that I would do a good job.  I was not at all prepared for the questions Lori asked me.  For some reason, I thought that I would just talk about the recipe but of course (duh) she wanted to have a conversation with me because that's way better TV.  Lori was so nice and helped me out so much in the segment.

A couple things I learned:
1. Simplify!  I did all the prep work the night before and tried to make the recipe as few steps as possible.  At one point I was scared that I wouldn't have enough to do in the 3-4 minutes but I was wrong.

2. It goes SO fast!  The whole show just flew by!  The show is 30 minutes long and it literally feels like 5 minutes when you are watching it from the set.

3. Wear what makes your comfortable.  I was going to try to wear a fancy outfit with shape wear and nice shoes but I ended up in a t-shirt, skirt, and flip flops.  I'm so glad I didn't wear fussy clothes or uncomfortable shoes when I already had so much to stress about.

I found fake plastic fruit in a bowl and was apparently really excited about it!
Completed Apple Crumble

Basket of apples

How have you pushed yourself lately?  Do you have tips on how to be less nervous on TV?  Let me know!

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  1. How fun! I would’ve been a nervous wreck.

  2. I'm so glad you posted the link to the segment! I tried to find it the other day but couldn't locate it! You did so much better than I would have!