[Work­ing in TV is] a world away from be­ing in the kitchen and I was pretty bad at it

WITH CELEB CHEF AND RECIPE TO RICHES JUDGE DAR­REN ROBERT­SON

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... - With Shan­non Mol­loy

“I’M right at home in a kitchen. It’s where I’ve spent a lot of my life. I’ve been do­ing it for so long I know it inside and out – it’s sec­ond na­ture.

Tele­vi­sion is a dif­fer­ent story. It took a long time to feel com­fort­able – most of the first sea­son of Recipe to Riches, ac­tu­ally.

It was daunt­ing. I had no idea how it all worked.

The whole TV thing is a very strange world – you’ve got a thing in your ear with pro­duc­ers talk­ing to you, all th­ese lights in your eyes, you’ve got to con­nect with the cam­era while talk­ing to some­one else while al­ways hav­ing your mind fo­cused on the next step.

There’s also this no­tion of TV ‘en­ergy’ that I found hard to get my head around. They say be­cause of the medium you lose 20 per cent of your en­ergy, so you’ve got to lift it to com­pen­sate.

It’s a world away from be­ing in the kitchen and I was pretty bad at it. And at the end of a day, I was ex­hausted – it was like I’d been on my feet in the kitchen for 14 hours.

It’s a very steep learn­ing curve to be­come fa­mil­iar with how it works. You’re also just one part of this mas­sive ma­chine, but you can’t stuff up and get away with it.

I stuffed up my pieces to cam­era a lot. It was re­ally mor­ti­fy­ing – I was re­ally em­bar­rassed by it.

Over time, I dis­cov­ered there are some sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween a kitchen and a TV set. You have a hi­er­ar­chy where there’s some­one at the top di­rect­ing each level down. There are key play­ers, but ev­ery­one plays a part. There’s also a lot of plan­ning that goes into it.

I’m so much more re­laxed. Con­fi­dence is re­ally im­por­tant. I was ac­tu­ally able to en­joy sea­son two and felt like I’d learnt to re­lax, which is im­por­tant.

I never imag­ined I’d be on TV. I al­ways wanted to have my own place as a young chef com­ing up through the ranks, and to be able to travel. I thought that was pretty good. The funny thing with chefs is the goal­posts con­stantly move.

Sea­son two of Recipe to Riches has been fun over­all. There’s some great stuff. It’s such a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple and it can change their lives. They’re very pas­sion­ate about their recipes and they have this chance for huge ex­po­sure.” RECIPE TO RICHES TUES­DAY, 7.30PM, TEN

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