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Q&A: Food cooked on TV shows is thrown out, eaten or donated to shelters

Fate of cooking show food

What happens to all the food they cook on television, such as the Rachael Ray show?

Karen Gelbart, senior vice president for lifestyles content for the Food Network-Canada, said in an interview that she had canvassed other food shows in both the United States and Canada and found there were three things that happened to food from TV cooking shows:

• It gets thrown out. This happens when it's not safe to eat either because it's been sitting out too long or has been handled.

• It gets eaten by the crew of the TV show, friends of those who work on the show or the audience.

• It is given to charity. If the food can hold long enough to still be safely eaten, most shows will donate it to food banks, homeless shelters, domestic abuse shelters and similar places.

She said many shows also donate extra food and ingredients whenever possible.

Rachael Ray has said that the prepared food from her show that isn't served to her audience goes to a food kitchen for the needy.

Use of sepia in films

The Wizard of Oz famously used sepia and color for different scenes/locations. What other films did similarly?

Using sepia toning in photos or film requires a specialized treatment to give an image or images a warmer tone and to evoke an nostalgic feeling. It was used often in older black and white movies, mostly as a novelty, and in newer ones primarily for flashbacks and dream scenes.

The Wizard of Oz, made in 1939, was filmed in technicolor, but some of the scenes were shot in black and white, and sepia tones were added later. Those scenes included the opening and closing credits and when Auntie Em appeared in the Wicked Witch's crystal ball.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) was another landmark film that used sepia in several sequences: the opening scene, the still photos that document the train trip from Wyoming to Bolivia, and the shootout in the ending.

More recently, The Element of Crime (1984), Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Wings of Desire (1987) and Of Freaks and Men (1998) also extensively used the effect.

More superhero movies coming

They have made movies of Batman, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, etc. Now they have Thor, Captain America and the Green Hornet. Do you think they will make movies of Flash, Aquaman or any other superheroes?

As long as comic book heroes make movie money, as Thor recently has, studios will keep making movies about them. Green Lantern is now in theaters, and a new take on Superman is in the works. A Flash movie could arrive as early as 2012. And there is talk about an Aquaman movie. Interestingly, on HBO's Entourage, fictional actor Vincent Chase starred in a fictional Aquaman directed by the real James Cameron.

Q&A: Food cooked on TV shows is thrown out, eaten or donated to shelters 06/20/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 20, 2011 4:30am]
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