In April 2017, I received a phone call from the CEO of Food Network inviting me to LA to brainstorm a few ideas for my very own cooking show. So not your average call! So over I went to La La Land and, with the wonderful team from Gleam Productions, we only went and shot a mini pilot! It was a (brilliantly made by the Gleam team) teeny little 5 minute pilot and, whilst I loved every second of making it, I honestly thought that it wouldn’t go any further. But who cares, it was such a brilliant experience and an incredible opportunity to live out 6 year old Katie’s fantasies of being a TV presenter.
I flew back to Blighty and got on with my normal life, trying to ignore the tiny little hopeful voice in my head that kept nudging and trying to make me believe people would like the pilot. It turns out that, somehow, that little voice was on to something and phone calls were made, emails were exchanged and each of them made me hope that little bit more that something might come of this.
Then in April 2018, I flew back to LA to shoot a real life pilot! Unlike our 5 minute mini pilot, all of a sudden this was the real deal – a full crew of 20 wonderful pros, Director, DOP, Associate Producers and even a Make Up Artist – I ACTUALLY HAD MY MAKE UP DONE BY SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING!! Then I saw the kitchen I’d be cooking in and it was just stunning. Every single appliance and bit of kit you could imagine was in there, all surrounded by gorgeous olive green cabinets and black marble worktops – very Desperate Housewives, and rest assured, one day my own kitchen at home will look like that (hopefully!).
At this point, everything was going far too well and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about one thing in particular – did they know and like the fact that I am a complete blooper machine in the kitchen? Were they going to direct me so precisely to combat that? Was the final show going to allow my cock-ups in, or did I have to somehow become a professional TV cook in the next five minutes?
My fears were completely unfounded. The team love that I’m a giggling mess in the kitchen and they insisted that we shoot this pilot exactly the way we shoot Katie Pix videos usually. So much so, I required 4 outfit changes on the day – not because I’m now a bona fide diva, but because I covered myself in so much food that my pristine white top looked like an edible Jackson Pollock.
The show is called Naughty and Delicious and it’s a celebration of viral food creations, but with a twist. Rather than just instagram-worthy, they’re going to taste delicious too. This episode is “Picture Perfect Dinner Parties”, celebrating all the colours of the rainbow with dishes like my Rainbow Shepherd’s Pie, Colour Crunch salad with a Peanut Butter dressing, Ice Cream Sundae in edible Marshmallow bowls and more!
As you can imagine and tell from this excitable post, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity – which is all down to you! Without your support, I wouldn’t be filming Katie Pix, let alone a new TV series, so thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. You are all truly wonderful and I’m the luckiest person in the world to have such an amazing group of people interested in my little kitchen adventures – long may they continue! If you want to watch or force your neighbour to – hell, why not throw a street party! – tune into Food Network USA at 11:30am EST/PST on Sunday 22nd July for the premiere. Crazy.
Thank you all so much for everything and for allowing me to live my dream with you – you’re the best!
Lots of love and hugs,
Katie Pix xxx