Foodie Friday | 2014 James Beard Nominees Announced & Chefs Getting Social

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March 21, 2014 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Social TV | By

 

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

On March 18th  The James Beard Foundation  announced the final nominees for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program.  During a press conference brunch at The Publican in Chicago, a One Off Hospitality Group restaurant, hosted by Susan Ungaro, James Beard Foundation president; Emily Luchetti, chair of the James Beard Foundation board of trustees; Paul Kahan, executive chef/partner, One Off Hospitality Group; and Donald J. Madia, managing partner/owner, One Off Hospitality Group the names of the nominees were revealed.

Debbie Mitchell and Susan Ungaro, President James Beard Foundation Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Debbie Mitchell and Susan Ungaro, President James Beard Foundation
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

According to their press release  Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation was pleased to be back in Chicago, “We are excited to return to Chicago for this year’s finalist announcement, and The Publican, our 2013 Outstanding Chef Award winner Paul Kahan’s restaurant, is the perfect setting as we celebrate the city’s thriving culinary industry,” 

Related Post: The Culinary World Comes Alive For The 2014 James Beard Awards

Since last October, I’ve been encouraging foodies and fans of culinary notables to submit potential nominees for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast and New Media Awards for television, webcast, and radio programs aired in 2013. Our committee had over 250 submissions and we were excited and surprised at how diverse the submissions were this year. Once we reviewed and handed over all the entries to our judges it was up to them to choose the nominees.  To check out the complete list of nominees go to jamesbeard.org/awards.

Winners will be announced on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall in New York City, hosted by Matt Lee and Ted Lee. The dinner is an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists. On Monday, May 5, 2014, the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception, which is open to the public, will take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City with Ted Allen as Master of Ceremonies and Mario Batali as Gala Chef Chair.

If you are in New York during the first weekend of May  join us.

On another culinary note, if you haven’t had a chance to check out my monthly appearances on The Southern Passion Lounge, a culinary online radio show hosted by Chef Amadeus, the 2012 winner of  “Food Network’s Extreme Chef Mexican Showdown” here is a chance to catch up. I join Chef Amadeus and his other guests from the culinary world and give tips to chefs everywhere about how to connect with fans through traditional and social media.

Related Post: James Beard Foundation 2012 Book, Journalism & Broadcast Awards

Click on the link above to hear Chef Amadeus and I discuss how to create a good quality video.  Consider it a YouTube tell all on how to create a channel, upload videos, and promote  content.

Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Coming Up: The “Real” in Reality TV

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead |Brands & Bloggers | Filling The Audience Seats |Finding On-Air Chemistry

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March 17, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Culinary Cues, Pros Talk TV And Social Media, Social TV, TV Production | By

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At Ready4Air we are definitely ready for some warm weather! Spring is in close view and after Thursday, March 20, nature will begin to bloom. Our team at Deborah Mitchell Media Associates is also in bloom and excited about a few things on the horizon including our chance to work with more bloggers and brands. We will be offering a spectrum of opportunities for bloggers and brands to work together in social media and social TV through customized blogger outreach campaigns and brand awareness programs. These campaigns and programs will be  ideal for corporations eager to leverage specific markets within the blogger community.

DMMA will collaborate with blogger networks on campaigns including Twitter parties, which are strategic, interactive online discussions, and blogger events. The blogger community is very diverse and we have access to a niche group of bloggers that includes fashion, food, beauty, travel and of course mom influencers.  And if you are a blogger or personality interested in honing your on-camera skills we offer training and placement on your favorite television show.

 

Kelly and Michael Audience

Speaking of television shows, this week on Ready4Air we take a look at the audience who help bring a television show to life. A television host will be the first to tell you that their audience is a big part of a show’s success. The audience  brings energy, fun and sometimes make for  a  few good on-camera moments.  So  the job of show audience coordinator, who manages the fans who come out to support and be entertained,  is a very important one.

This week we hear from the head audience coordinator behind one of television’s hottest morning shows, Live! With Kelly and Michael. We’ll find out how much planning goes into getting an audience for the show,  if the audience receives anything for being a part of the audience and whether or not  the audience ever gets to meet or take pictures with show hosts Kelly Ripa or Michael Strahan.

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As I gear up for my monthly visit with Chef Amadeus in the radio show  Southern Passion Lounge, I am taking a look back at a few of our past conversations about chefs  and branding. Being a chef is busy work and while they are busy creating culinary magic in the kitchen it leaves very little time for them to create and implement a social media presence and strategy. During my conversations with Chef Amadeus we figure out and I give tips on ways  for chefs to get started in the social media space.  This week, I will revisit a few of those leads.

On Screen Hosts.CoHosts

If you’ve been keeping up with the new show Arise, On Screen (where I am the Executive Producer), then you know that every week we have rotating co-hosts who join show host Mike Sargent (Film Critic) to review upcoming movies. Sitting in the co-host seat is not as simple as they make it appear and is even more challenging when you are sharing the co-host seat. It’s a delicate balance. Every week we decide who is the best fit to sit in the chair and banter with our host.

This week on Ready4Air I will share what goes into the decision process and when I know it’s the right fit. So stay tuned!

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead | Must See Films BEFORE The Oscars | Getting Ready For Your 1st TV Interview |Working In A Man’s World

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host
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February 24, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Culinary Cues, Current Events, Social TV | By

 

Carol Story, Former Producer CBS News The Early Show Photo Credit: Jude Milner

Carol Story, Former Producer CBS News The Early Show
Photo Credit: Jude Milner

Later this week, on Ready4Air  former CBS News Early Show producer, Carol Story, will be sharing more of her great advice. Once a producer, always a producer, and even though Carol is enjoying her life these days  away from television, she still has some great tips. In her two-part post – 3 Tips For Your First Time TV Appearance for Ready4Air (TV), Story shares: “You are outside of your comfort zone. The stakes are high. You want to make a good impression….You need to prepare for your interview. Not rehearse, not over-prepare. Just be ready.”

Check out the post and find out just how to get ready for your interview.

Related Post: Producing Books | The Today Show Brings Back The Morning Book Club

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Over at Arise On Screen, we are in full Oscar mode. We’ll be spending the week planning our big March 1 Oscar edition show. Last weekend I reunited with teen film critic and blogger, Jackson Murphy. I first met him and his dad Dan, when I was at CBS.

Murphy is the creator of the website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com, which has been named one of the best entertainment sites for families by Family Circle Magazine.  Jackson, an Emmy award winning film critic who happens to still be in high school is a sophomore who definitely knows his movies.  Jackson  now 15, has been reviewing movies since the age of seven and is the newest guest contributor for Ready4Air (Film).  The new movie section debuts this week with Jackson’s post 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night. If you are into movies this is a MUST SEE list for you.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Social TV) | In The Movie Critic’s Corner With Arise “On Screen”

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Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

This week we will also tackle what exactly brands need to know in order for bloggers to successfully work with them during social media outreach campaigns. There are a few things bloggers want brands to know before they sign up. Some bloggers complain that brands do not take a strong and clear lead in their outreach campaigns. Whether it is the PR agency, the brand, or the campaign lead blogger- information is not coming through the communication channels clearly. Directions are being lost in translation and deadlines are constantly changing.

In Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers), Brands, Please Let Us Know What You Need In Campaigns, we talk to the brands about getting their outreach goals together so that bloggers can deliver the goods with success.

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host Love Shots Photography

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host
Love Shots Photography

And if you are around later today, check out the latest episode of the radio show “Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus.” with Chef Amadeus. Amadeus, the 2012 winner of  “Food Network’s Extreme Chef Mexican Showdown” rounds up the culinary industry every Monday on the radio where he interviews chefs and other culinary world personalities from all around the country. I am on the show on the last Mondays of every month. The show goes live at 4 pm est and I will be joining  the Chef and the ladies in the lounge to discuss how to survive in a man’s industry.  All this and more this week on Ready4Air.

Stay tuned!

COMING UP: 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead | The Control Room Gremlins Are Back| Sitting In The Guest Host Seat

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January 27, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Arise On Screen Control Room with Director Larry Michaels Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Control Room with Director Larry Michaels
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

The first month of 2014 has been busy and some of you know, I’m working on Arise TV’s new movie review show: Arise On Screen. That means my weekdays and Saturdays have quite busy. We prep for the show during the week and tape on Saturday mornings. Yes, Saturday is now an official work day. 

This week on Ready4Air we revisit a few old posts that I’ve been thinking about during the last three weeks since the launch of the new show. We begin the week with: When Gremlins Hit The Control Room.

Last Saturday we taped our third show and it was a crazy morning in the control room. You name it, it happened. This is what I call, gremlins in the control room. I wrote about them in a post last summer. Read more about those gremlins this week.

Arise On Screen with host  and film critic Mike Sargent and guest co-hosts Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Diva Velez Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen with host and film critic Mike Sargent and guest co-hosts Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Diva Velez
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

ATTENTION! Working in TV Is Not A 9 To 5 Job

My Saturday mornings are now reserved for the studio.

After 25-plus years in this business, I can honestly say I’ve canceled or missed several hundred holiday meals, special events, and dates because of a deadline due to a breaking news story or was just plain too tired from working. When I worked in news, my family and friends would ask why did I have to work on the holidays. My answer was always the same:

“Because when you turn on the TV you expect to see something on the other side of the screen.”

On Screen Host  Mike Sargent with guest co-host International film critic Chiara Spagnoli Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

On Screen Host Mike Sargent with guest co-host International film critic Chiara Spagnoli
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen host, Mike Sargent, shares the show every week with two guest co-hosts, film critics who bring a different perspective with their movie reviews. This week we will revisit what it takes to sit in the guest host seat?  Stay tuned for those tips.

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host Love Shots Photography

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host
Love Shots Photography

Finally, tune in today as I join Chef Amadeus in the  Southern Passion Lounge with  Chef Brad “The Grill Sergeant” Turner and  Chef Ron Williams . Chef Turner will be discussing his worldly travels, what it is like cooking in the US Army and being a Chef in the civilian life. Chef Williams will chat about being a demo chef around the country. And as for me, I’ll talk social media and ways to put your YouTube channel together and how to promote your channel effectively.

Stay Tuned!

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.comIf all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

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Foodie Friday | Cookin’ And Cruisin’ On The High Seas With The Norwegian Epic

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December 20, 2013 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

Norwegian Cruise Epic Dec. 7-14, 2013  Debbie Mitchell and Rita Mitchell Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Norwegian Cruise Epic
Dec. 7-14, 2013 Debbie Mitchell and Rita Mitchell
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

This time last Friday, I was heading to Florida to meet my 84-year-old mom, Rita, to head out on a seven-day Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Epic. My mom is a big fan of cruises and twisted my arm to take this holiday getaway with her. It was my first Norwegian cruise and Mom’s second, having sailed on their smaller ship, the Pearl, a few years ago. The Epic, which departs from Miami, Florida, is one of Norwegian’s largest ships at 1,081 feet and weighing in at 155,873 tons. At 19 stories high, the mammoth ship is a small city holding 4,100 passengers and a crew of 1,753.

Of course, Norwegian had to feed all these people and did an exceptional job of keeping us well-fed morning, noon, and night. So much so, that I’m back home juicing this week instead of eating. LOL!

For today’s Foodie Friday, we are taking a look at a few food highlights of our trip on the high seas. Before every meal, diners were given a mandatory sanitizer spritz.

Mom getting a sanitizer spritz before every meal, The Norwegian Epic Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Mom getting a sanitizer spritz before every meal on the Norwegian Epic.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Norwegian Epic, Garden Cafe Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Norwegian Epic, Garden Cafe.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Known for its freestyle casualness, the Norwegian Epic has more than 20 freestyle dining restaurants and 20 bars and lounges, including the freestyle buffet in the Garden Cafe. We spent most of our time in this cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is described as the “Norwegian’s signature action station casual restaurant where chefs cook prepared-to-order food as guests watch. Extensive and varied selections of omelets, waffles, seafood, pizza, fruit, soups, pasta, ethnic specialties, burgers and desserts.”

The menu was extremely diverse and reflected the eclectic crew including the executive chef, who is Jamaican. On any given day, we could find freshly prepared dishes including, soups, potatoes,  rice and peas, beef patties, braised oxtails, Mexican enchiladas, Indian food, pork, fish, chicken, roast beef, and hamburgers or franks.  There was also a salad bar, a cheese tray, ice cream and sorbets, and cakes galore–a little bit of something for everyone.

Related Post: The Thanksgiving Stew That Keeps On Giving

Debbie and Rita having breakfast at Taste restaurant on Norwegian Epic Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and Rita having breakfast at Taste restaurant on the Norwegian Epic.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

After a few meals at the Garden Cafe we decided to try having breakfast at another restaurant, TasteLike several other restaurants on the ship, food was complimentary, included in the price of our ticket to cruise.

My mom is terrible when it comes to ordering food and gets completely overwhelmed with food choices at buffets and even on menus. Once we narrowed down a few options on the Taste menu, she was good to go. The menu was your standard breakfast fare just served by a waiter instead. Rita may not know what she wants to eat but she definitely loves to eat. While she’s picky about what she eats and how her food is prepared, breakfast would barely be over and she is already thinking about lunch. LOL!

Wasabi and Teppanyaki restaurant on Norwegian Epic Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Wasabi and Teppanyaki restaurant on the Norwegian Epic.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

One of our more memorable meals was dinner at Wasabi, the sushi and sake bar where they served extremely fresh and tasty sushi, sashimi, and Japanese yakitori dishes. Wasabi was positioned catty corner to another restaurant, Teppanyaki, where chefs cook exhibition-style Japanese cuisine on flat-top grills. If you want a good show, Teppanyaki chefs are the main entertainment. There are lots of knives and food flipping as diners sit around the table watching in amazement. Both of these restaurants are an additional charge to dine.

At Wasabi, Mom, who doesn’t eat anything raw, had a couple of tempura rolls. I had a few of my favorites: sashimi, spicy tuna roll, and an eel roll. The sushi was perfect and was topped off by a nice bottle of sparkling wine.

Garden Cafe, The Norwegian Epic Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Garden Cafe, the Norwegian Epic.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

The truth of the matter is that all the ship’s restaurants were buzzing with hungry diners no matter what time of day. Yes, Rita had a sweet treat almost every night. She couldn’t resist her rum and raisin ice cream with cake before bedtime.

It’s definitely easy to see how anyone can gain a few pounds during a cruise.

Hey, when you don’t have to cook and only have to eat, it’s easy. Right?

Check out Norwegian at Norwegian Cruise Line’s Facebook Page (www.ncl.com/Facebook)

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Just a reminder, I’ll be appearing with Chef Amadeus on Monday, December 23 at 4pm on his radio show “Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus” to discuss chefs preparing cooking demos for television.

Related Post: Listen Up! Chefs Cooking And Branding For The Holidays

Chef Amadeus is also preparing to be a guest chef on a different cruise line in January. It will be his first time on a civilian cruise ship. I asked Amadeus, a former navy chef,  about what goes into cooking for such a large group of people and this is what he said. “It’s all in preparations, organization and lots of team work.  A chef is only as good as his or her staff. What I do is try and stay away from most things that most guest are allergic to and be willing to be flexible when some ask for something different.  I have no problem being flexible; I try to create a culinary experience for my entire guest. I am not sure how it’s done on a cruise ship but as a cook in the US Navy, we had rotating menus.  We know what we will be cooking well in advance.  There is someone called the jack of the dust that maintains the inventory of all the storerooms. As the watch captain we have to order whats on the menu, and follow recipe cards. When your product is on board and we were at sea, the big thing is not to waste any product. We have to make sure that the product lasted till the next time we took on product. If we ran out we could not just run out to get something.”

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.comIf all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

 

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Ready4Air | Listen Up! Chefs Cooking And Branding For The Holidays

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November 27, 2013 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

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Chef Amadeus, radio host
Love Shots Photography

First off, Happy almost Thanksgiving!

Hopefully, you are traveling or out getting ready for tomorrow. With that in mind, this post is a quick read.

Monday, I spent some air-time with Chef Amadeus on his radio show Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus. Amadeus, the 2012 winner of Food Network’s Extreme Chef Mexican Showdown was back with his lively personality and industry insight. He has invited me to be a regular guest on his weekly Monday radio show where he interviews chefs and other culinary world personalities from all around the country. Next month, the show will celebrate its three-year anniversary.

This week in the lounge, the chef talked to a few ladies in the industry. Our special host for the show was private chef Vanessa Forte, and I joined in along with Chef Dre and a few special guests who stopped by to talk about getting ready for Thanksgiving.

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Chef Amadeus and the crew discussed all things Thanksgiving, including what was on everybody’ menu, how to cook collard greens, and advised a listener on how to cook her first turkey. I listened and picked up a few tips, too.

When it was my turn to jump in on the conversation, Chef Amadeus asked about ways chefs could keep their brands alive and active during the holidays. I shared with them that everyone, including chefs, should work on keeping their brand alive all year round.

When it comes to the holidays, it’s important to keep it relevant and timely. If you are active on several social platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube) create an editorial calendar and schedule information to post ahead of time. I joked that I struggle with keeping my own editorial calendar, but my goal is to do better.

It takes time to handle your social media, so if you cannot keep several platforms active, choose one or two that most serve your audience. Chef Dre likes to post on Facebook, and I encouraged her to post cooking or recipe tips along with her photos.

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Speaking of photos, I think everyone loves a great food photo. If you are a chef, I encourage you to have an Instagram and Pinterest account. Simply take shots while preparing the meal and then a finished product photo, and share it with your followers. Make sure it’s a nice photo of your food. Remember, we tend to eat with our eyes first.

Related Post: Picture Perfect Food- Tips On Food Photography

Chef Amadues wants to shoot more video and build his YouTube channel. I believe video is a great idea for a chef and every chef should have a YouTube channel. Keep the videos short–under 3 minutes–and post weekly or every two weeks to capture an audience.

If it’s for the holidays, think about a series of cooking videos of “news you can use” topics, i.e. cooking your first turkey or tips to makeover the calories in a dish. As a chef, if you post once a week at the beginning of the week before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, it’s sure to keep your brand active while you enjoy the holidays with your family.

If you’re in the culinary world and need a little guidance, my contact information is at the end of the post. Drop us a line. We will be sure to get something cooking for you (pun intended).

Related Post: Coaching Tips For Your Food Blog Video From A TV Professional

The two-hour show flew by with us ending on a non-traditional Thanksgiving note. Since I don’t really like turkey, Chef Amadeus went off the top of his head and threw out a recipe for lamb chops, one of my favorites. It sounded so delicious, and I’m definitely going to try it!

In the meantime, you can check out my interview with the Southern Passion Lounge crew, and get the lamp chop recipe from the link below.

Listen Here.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air Listen Up! – We Are Now Giving Radio Listeners Monthly Tips

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October 29, 2013 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host Love Shots Photography

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host
Love Shots Photography

Yesterday I had a great time appearing as a guest on the radio show  “Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus.”   Amadeus, the 2012 winner of  “Food Network’s Extreme Chef Mexican Showdown” has a lively personality and holds a serious passion for food and cooking. On his radio show he interviews chefs from all around the country; yesterday’s line-up included an interview with Award Winning Professional Chef Robert Mullins from Seattle and yours truly.

When it was my turn, Chef Amadeus and I joked while working through a few technical difficulties on “live” radio. First, I was disconnected and then we heard an echo during the interview. Once we got rolling it was all gravy.  Being a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee, I announced that we are currently taking entries for the 2014 James Beard Awards.  I explained to listeners how to enter and the specific criteria for nominations in each category of Broadcast and New Media.

Related Post: The Culinary World Comes Alive For The James Beard 2014 Awards

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE  JBF AWARDS  ENTRY PROCESS

I also shared a few insider tips on what producers look for when booking a guest chef for a television appearance.  For any guest, sitting for a television interview is one thing, cooking on a show is completely different.  A chef is demonstrating how to cook, give instructions and be personable all in five minutes or less.  Amadeus definitely has the personality for television, but everyone isn’t that lucky. LOL!

Our 45 minute conversation flew by as I discussed ideas on how chefs can create and execute good content when appearing on TV or for their YouTube channel. One very KEY FACTOR is to make certain you have clear audio, nothing is worse than having poor audio for your audience.  And finally, Amadeus and I discussed branding and the importance of chefs building a social media presence when crafting their  brand.  There was so much more to share but we ran out of time. No worries!

I’ve been invited back, once a month, to give tips and news to on how to get Ready4Air.

So, get your questions ready, stay tuned and catch you next month on the radio.

Here is a clip.  My interview is about an hour into  yesterdays edition of  “Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus” .

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement, follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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This Week Ahead | Vote For Me | Chefs Cooking On TV (VIDEO) | A Stand-Up Talks Comedy

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October 28, 2013 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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Okay folks, time is flying and I still need VOTES.  We only have three more weeks to get to 250 VOTES. As I said last week, I will continue to beg (Yup! I’m not too proud to beg LOL!) for your Facebook vote in order to become eligible for a small business grant. I need 250 votes by November 15 which works out to approximately 14 votes for the next 19 days.  Anyone can show support by voting using their Facebook account.  So, take one minute to click on the FB logo above and enter Deborah Mitchell Media Associates. Thanks!

Chef Amadeus

This afternoon at 5pm EST you can find me chatting with Chef Amadeus on his radio show “Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus” .  Chef Amadeus is a traveling chef and  the 2012 winner of  “Food Network’s Extreme Chef Mexican Showdown.” On his radio show he interviews chefs from all around the country.  Today we’ll talk about food, chefs and the James Beard Awards which are now taking entries for the 2014 Awards season.  Find out how to enter and the criteria for nominations in the Broadcast and New Media Awards category.

For any guest, sitting for a television interview is one thing, cooking on a show is whole different dish (pun intended).  Tune in as I give tips on how chefs can create and execute good content when appearing on TV or for their YouTube channel and the importance of chefs having a social media presence when building their  brand.

Related Post: Awards, A Book and Another Season of Chopped…It’s Been A Banner Year For Ted Allen (VIDEO)

Comedian Andy Merlis

Comedian Andy Merlis

Last week my mind was on comedy after reading that late night comedy show “Saturday Night Live” came under fire for not having any women of color in their new cast line-up. The almost 40-year old show is now in it’s sixth consecutive season without an African American female cast member and reports claim that the show couldn’t find any comediennes who were a good fit.

A good comedian or comedienne makes performing comedy look easy which led me to wonder…how hard could it be?  I reached out to my former CBS News co-worker, television producer Andy Merlis to find out. Yes, he was funny at the office but he completely surprised me when he started doing  stand-up routines at clubs.  Turns out Andy had a history of doing stand-up comedy and had taken a break to return to it for his 45 birthday.  Who knew?

What attracts Andy to comedy?  He writes “Frankly, I often love being the center of attention, and when it is you on stage with nobody else – just a microphone and a light — there’s not much else for people in the room to look at! That’s as center of attention as it gets!

I love making people laugh. I get such a high off of laughing myself, and it’s an amazing feeling to know you can give that to other people. Stand-up comedy is thrilling. It really is like being the tight rope walker working without a net. When you bomb, everyone knows it, but you have to stand on stage and take that fall. And there is no worse feeling. So knowing that that is what you avoided when you’ve succeeded – that’s an incredible adrenaline rush. You feel like you’ve conquered something. I love it when perfect strangers tell me that they thought I was really funny. That means I did my job.  It’s a gratifying to hear.”

This week we’ll find out more about Andy’s routine, how he gets ready to perform and who are some of his comedy favorites.

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Last week we had last minute change in schedule and the episode entitled “French Flair” did not air but will air tonight with book investigator Frank Debonair. A catching title for the episode where Debonair goes back to his roots to talk about all things French. Follow our investigator as he tries to retrieve the stolen hat of the French President, a heinous crime in Debonair’s eyes. Watch as he tries to locate a possible suspect.

Book Case TV viewers hear from authors Antoine Laurain, James MacNamus and Christopher Launois. Laurain discusses “The President’s Hat,” a book about the ordeal of the president’s hat; MacNamus talks about “Black Venus,” a fictional rendition of the life of Charles Baudelaire’s muse; and author Christopher Launois discusses “L’Americain,” a book about his father, famed post World War II photographer, John Launois.

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The Book World segment goes downtown to New York’s Tribeca to talk with Ian Kern at Mysterious Bookshop. Debonair searches to find out what he is hiding from the public. In Pick Of The Week, Frank Debonair highlights authors Ann Mah“Mastering the Art of French Eating”; Jean Teulé, “The Suicide Shop”; and “Where Tigers are at Home,” Jean Marie Blas De Robles.

Watch new episodes of Book Case TV on Monday nights on NYC Life Channel 25 at 9:30PM EST.  Missed a previous episode? Catch up on past shows and season one and two by clicking here.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement, follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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