chef Manouchka's appetizers with Urban Homestead flowers
Last night I stopped by the preview party for the Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. which starts Friday night at 10 pm (or 7 pm on the East Coast feed.) They call it a docusoap -- instead of a cooking competition, each week a group of private chefs (the Ladykiller! the Comedian!) have the challenge of cooking for an event where something is bound to go wrong, and we watch them confront the challenge and the snotty clients and bond in the process. On the first episode, the chefs had to cook for a group of Beverly Hills dogowners while their pooches also ate their cooking at the table. Um, yuck. They also had to cook for a group of predictably scary ladies having a botox party and a group of businessmen going "glamping" in a yurt atLake Cachuma, which looked pretty sweet. In a few weeks, they'll be showing the episode where I was invited to be a diner, shot at the fascinating Path to Freedom Urban Homestead in Pasadena, where they had to cook with solar ovens on the drizzliest, freezingest day of the year. Also cooking on the episode I was on was the energetic and madcap Brian Hill, former Top Chef contestant who now owns the Comfort Truck.